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‘An Octoroon’ At Actor’s Express Comments On Race In America

"An Octoroon" is currently showing at Actor's Express. This play makes a statement on race in America's history of theatrical entertainment.
"An Octoroon" is currently showing at Actor's Express. This play makes a statement on race in America's history of theatrical entertainment.
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Actor’s Express is currently running “An Octoroon”  an irreverent meta-melodrama that The New York Times calls “…this decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.”

To create “An Octoroon,” playwright and MacArthur Fellow, Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins reimagined the highly successful 1859 play “The Octoroon,” which was set on a Louisiana plantation and addressed interracial romance. The result is a provocative, raucous look at racial stereotypes.

Director Donya K. Washington and actor Candy McLellan (Minnie) had a conversation with Lois Reitzes about racial identity, melodrama and the theatre techniques of Bertolt Brecht.

“An Octoroon” runs through Feb. 24 at Actor’s Express.