by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
directed by Nathan Motta
October 21 - November 13, 2016

midwest Premiere

2014 Obie AwarD
best new american play

Run time: 140 minutes
One 15 Minute Intermission
Content Advisory: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Disturbing Images, Racial Slurs


The story

Judge Peyton is dead and his plantation 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 plans - for both the plantation and for Zoe. In 1859, a famous Irishman wrote this play about slavery in America.

Now an American tries to write his own.

Hi, everyone. I’m a “black playwright.”
I don’t know exactly what that means,
but I’m here to tell you a story...

The Artists

The Production


The Response

"This decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race." - The New York Times


The Audience

For Dobama Theatre's production of AN OCTOROON, there will be a pre-show conversation 20 minutes prior to curtain time and a post-show discussion for every performance. We encourage our audiences to come hear a bit about the play from a member of the creative team prior to seeing it, then invite them to stay after to discuss what they've just experienced.

Dobama Theatre offers audience members ways to interact with the art through our audience engagement programs. All audience engagement offerings are FREE with your membership or ticket purchase. 

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