An Octoroon - Orange Tree Theatre - publicity photo by The Other Richard
The UK premiere of the OBIE Award-winning play by Pulitzer Prize nominee BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS
“This decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today" Ben Brantley, New York Times
What you gonna do once you free? You just gonna walk up in somebody house and be like, ‘Hey. I’m a slave. Help me?’
"The play uses the plot of the Irish playwright Dion Boucicault’s 1859 melodrama The Octoroon…as the starting point for a bigger, wilder, more hilarious play about the tremendous, often tragic difficulties of identity, and life, for us all." The New Yorker
Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent, and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful ‘octoroon’*. But, the dastardly M’Closky has other plans — for both Terrebonne and Zoe.
Ned Bennett returns to the Orange Tree to direct following Pomona, which transferred to the National Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre.
"A wildly imaginative new work" Village Voice, New York
*an octoroon is a person of one-eighth black ancestry
Contains strong language that some may find offensive
Info: An Octoroon is at the Orange Tree Theatre (1 Clarence Street, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2SA) from 18 May to 24 June 2017 / Tickets from £20 | Under 30s £12 (Mon – Thu evenings) / Book tickets / or call the box office on 020 8940 3633 / Orange Tree Theatre is just a minute from Richmond Station (Overground, District Line and National Rail)