An Octoroon Docent Talk with Berkeley Rep

An Octoroon

A docent talk about Berkeley Repertory Theatre's play An Octoroon.

Playwright and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins won the Obie Award for his radical, incendiary, and subversively funny riff on Dion Boucicault’s once-popular 1859 mustache-twirling melodrama. Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is on the brink of foreclosure. George, the high-minded heir apparent, falls for the lovely Zoe, who’s one-eighth black. But the bigoted belle Dora has eyes for George, and the dastardly overseer M’Closky plots to keep Zoe and Terrebonne for himself. A spectacular collision of the antebellum South and 21st-century cultural politics, An Octoroon is “This decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today,” says the New York Times.

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Eric Ting
Peet's Theatre, June 23-July 23, 2017
West Coast Premiere

You don't need to see the show to join the discussion.


Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 1:00pm


Piedmont Avenue Branch

80 Echo Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
Phone: (510) 597-5011