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When Dion Boucicault wrote The Octoroon in 1859, it was considered a masterpiece. Its story of a plantation owner falling for a woman of mixed race was taken as a bold plea for racial tolerance; now, it just seems embarrassingly racist. So why has America’s hottest young black playwright decided to rescue such a play from obscurity? Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ radical response compares attitudes to race then and now in the funniest and least comfortable theatre experience in years.
Winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best New American Play, An Octoroon is full of strong language and challenging ideas. If you are easily offended, you should probably still come – but don’t say you weren’t warned.
Strong language. Mature content.
What if your darkest fear was your deepest desire? Sexy, funny and scary, Bram Stoker’s Gothic classic will leave your senses on fire. Tighten your corsets …
Surreal. Offbeat. Tender. Hilarious. And impossible to describe. This tale of “normal” townspeople is anything but.
Michael Healey’s razor-sharp — yet humane — new comedy about Joe Clark: the prime minister who barely was.