An Octoroon - Shaw Festival Theatre

André Sills. Photo by Peter Andrew Lusztyk.
An Octoroon
Hilarious. Uncomfortable. Vital. An edgy new American comedy set on a slave-owner’s plantation.
Royal George Theatre
July 16 - October 14
Dates & Tickets
Explore the play
Synopsis

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.

Technical Credits
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Director Peter Hinton
Set and costume design Gillian Gallow
Lighting design Bonnie Beecher
Original music Ryan deSouza
Age Guideline
17+
Production Sponsor
Sponsor logo: James F. Brown
Cast
Creative
Dates & Tickets
o Opening
p Preview
s Special Sunday Night
sm Special Matinee
f Final Performance
! Limit Tickets Remain
{{ item.Date | date:'EEE' }}
{{ item.Date | date:'MMM d' }}
{{ item.Date | date:'h:mma' }}
so ! s sm p o
Sold Out
Buy now
You may also like ...
July 8 - October 14

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 …

July 13 - September 10

Surreal. Offbeat. Tender. Hilarious. And impossible to describe. This tale of “normal” townspeople is anything but.

May 1 - October 14

Michael Healey’s razor-sharp — yet humane — new comedy about Joe Clark: the prime minister who barely was.

See all Events & Activities
Pre-Show Talks: An Octoroon
Royal George Theatre
A company member introduces that evening’s play. For all performances except those marked P and O. At the Royal George Theatre.
Learn more
Continue the Conversation
Moderated discussions. Long after the curtain falls, Shaw audience members continue to talk about the intellectual and emotional meanings of the play.
Learn more
Shaw Seminar
Shaw Seminar
Festival Theatre
Educational, informative, entertaining and inspiring. Enrich your understanding of the work on our stages through discussions with artists, writers, scholars, and fellow participants. Six plays, lunches, reception, guest lectures and parking. Our premier adult education experience.
Learn more
Shaw Express
Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake
Learn More
Shaw Shivaree
Eat, drink, dance and bid merry at the Shaw Shivaree!
Learn More
Today’s Deal
$25 Tickets to select performances
Available dates
Share This