Due to popular demand, Theatre for A New Audience’s critically acclaimed production of Soho Rep.’s An Octoroon has been extended again and will play through March 29 at Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place in Brooklyn.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s widely acclaimed play, directed by Sarah Benson, Artistic Director, Soho Rep, has played to sold out houses since previews began on February 14. The production opened on February 26.
The cast for Soho Rep.’s An Octoroon includes Maechi Aharanwa, Pascale Armand, Danielle Davenport, Amber Gray, Ian Lassiter, Austin Smith, Haynes Thigpen, and Mary Wiseman.
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Soho Rep. originally produced the World Premiere of An Octoroon (Opening Night May 4, 2013). It was last season’s most exciting new play, winning two OBIE Awards, including Best New American Play. The New York Times called it then “exhilarating” and made it a Critic’s Pick, and the Wall Street Journal called it “one of the biggest hits of the season.” An Octoroon was also included in the Top Ten 2014 Best Theatre lists of The New York Times, Time Out New York, and The Guardian.
Mr. Jacobs-Jenkins takes on Dion Boucicault’s 1859 play, The Octoroon, about forbidden love and slavery in the American South and “uses the plot of the Irish playwright’s antebellum melodrama as the starting point for a bigger, wilder play” (The New Yorker).
In An Octoroon, 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 evil overseer M’Closky has other plansfor both Terrebonne and Zoe.
The creative team includes Mimi Lien (sets), Wade Laboissonniere (costumes), Matt Frey (lights), Matt Tierney (sound), Jeff Sugg (projections), Cookie Jordan (wigs and makeup), César Alvarez (songs, music, & music director), J. David Brimmer (fight director), David Neumann (choreography), Noah Mease (props), Lester St. Louis (cellist) and Amanda Spooner (stage management).
BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS (Playwright). Branden’s plays include Appropriate (Obie Award; Outer Critics Circle nomination; Signature Theatre), Neighbors (The Public Theater), War (Yale Rep), and An Octoroon (Obie Award; Soho Rep). He is currently a Residency Five playwright at the Signature Theatre and a former Lila Acheson Wallace fellow at The Juilliard School. His work has been seen at Yale Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Victory Gardens Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, Matrix Theatre in L.A., Mixed Blood Theatre is Minneapolis, CompanyOne in Boston and the HighTide Festival in the UK. He is under commissions from Lincoln Center/LCT3 and MTC. His honors include a Paula Vogel Award, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the inaugural Tennessee Williams award.
SARAH BENSON (Director) has been the Artistic Director of the Obie Award-winning Soho Rep since 2007. Recent New York credits include Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon (Soho Rep); Lucas Hnath’s A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep); David Adjmi’s Elective Affinities (site-specific); Sarah Kane’s Blasted (Soho Rep, Obie Award and Drama Desk nomination); and The Lisps’ musical Futurity (A.R.T. & Walker Arts Center). Other credits include Gregory S. Moss’ House of Gold (Woolly Mammoth) and Ajax (A.R.T.). Upcoming: The Lisps’ Futurity and Richard Maxwell’s Samara.
Single tickets, on sale now, are $60-$85 and may be purchased online at www.tfana.org, by phone at 866-811-4111, or in person at the Theatre for a New Audience Box Office (262 Ashland Place). Box office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00pm to 6:00pm. A limited number of premium seats are available for $100. New Deal tickets for ages 30 and under or full-time students of any age are priced at $20 each and can be purchased online, by phone, or in person at the box office. Subscriptions for Theatre for a New Audience’s 2014-2015 Season are $147 for a 3-play package and are available by calling (212) 229-2819, ext. 10. For information or to subscribe online, visit www.tfana.org. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:30pm, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm.
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