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An Octoroon

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07/06/17: Berkeley Rep Extends An Octoroon

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Extends An Octoroon

By popular demand, six performances added—now playing through Saturday, July 29

Following an overwhelmingly positive response from critics and audiences, Berkeley Rep has announced that the West Coast premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon will extend for an additional week. Originally scheduled to close on July 23, the provocative play will now run through Saturday, July 29.

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05/04/17: Berkeley Rep Presents An Octoroon

Berkeley Rep Presents An Octoroon

West Coast premiere of Obie Award-winning play by MacArthur Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins closes the season

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Eric Ting will close out its season. The Obie Award-winning play begins previews on Friday, June 23, and the show runs through Sunday, July 23. Individual tickets begin at $29 and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone, 510 647–2949. Press night will be Friday, June 30.

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07/28/16: Eric Ting to Direct An Octoroon

Eric Ting to Direct An Octoroon at Berkeley Rep

Obie Award-winning director helms the off-Broadway hit

Berkeley Rep today announced that Eric Ting (current artistic director of California Shakespeare Theater) will direct An Octoroon, the final show in Berkeley Rep’s 2016–17 season.

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05/12/16: Announces Seventh Show for 2016–17 Season…

Berkeley Rep Announces Seventh Show for 2016–17 Season

Obie Award-winning An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins will close out the season

Today, Berkeley Repertory Theatre revealed that Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Obie Award-winning play, An Octoroon, will be the seventh and final production in its upcoming 2016–17 subscription season. The West Coast premiere of the reworking of the mid-19th-century play will be performed in the Peet’s Theatre in June 2017.

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Lance Gardner as BJJ in the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon at Berkeley Rep.

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Jennifer Regan as Dora and Lance Gardner as George in the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon at Berkeley Rep.

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Lance Gardner as George and Sydney Morton as Zoe in the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Afi Bijou as Minnie and Jasmine Bracey as Dido in the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon at Berkeley Rep.

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Sydney Morton as Zoe in the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon at Berkeley Rep.

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Lisa Quoresimo as Br’er Rabbit in the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon at Berkeley Rep.

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Lance Gardner as M’Closky in the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon at Berkeley Rep.

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Sydney Morton as Zoe in the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon at Berkeley Rep.

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Lance Gardner as George in the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Jasmine Bracey as Dido and Afi Bijou as Minnie in the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon at Berkeley Rep.

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Lance Gardner as BJJ/George/M’Closkey and Jasmine Bracey as Dido in the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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(l to r) Afi Bijou, Lance Gardner, Jennifer Regan, Sydney Morton (seated), and Jasmine Bracey in the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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The cast of the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Back row standing (l to r): Amir Talai, Afi Bijou, Lisa Quoresimo, and Jennifer Regan; Front row seated (l to r): Ray Porter, Jasmine Bracey, Lance Gardner, Sydney Morton, and Afua Busia.

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Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Playwright). An Octorooon will have its West Coast premiere as part of Berkeley Rep’s 2016–17 season.

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Jennifer Regan as Dora and Lance Gardner as BJJ/George/M’Closkey in the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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(l to r) Afi Bijou, Sydney Morton, Jasmine Bracey, Lance Gardner, and Jennifer Regan in the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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The cast of the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Back row standing (l to r): Amir Talai, Afi Bijou, Lisa Quoresimo, and Jennifer Regan; Front row seated (l to r): Ray Porter, Jasmine Bracey, Lance Gardner, Sydney Morton, and Afua Busia.

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Eric Ting will direct the Obie Award-winning play An Octoroon for Berkeley Rep’s 2016–17 season.

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Who

Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Eric Ting

Cast members include

Afi Bijou (Minnie), Jasmine Bracey (Dido), Afua Busia (Grace), Lance Gardner (BJJ/George/M’Closky), Sydney Morton (Zoe), Lisa Quoresimo (Br’er Rabbit), Ray Porter (Playwright/Wahnotee/La Fouche), Jennifer Regan (Dora), and Amir Talai (Assistant/Pete/Paul)

Creative team includes

Arnulfo Maldonado (scenic designer), Montana Blanco (costume designer), Jiyon Chang (lighting designer), and Jake Rodriguez (sound designer)

What

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 plantation queen 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.

Where

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Peet’s Theatre, 2025 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704

When

June 23–July 29, 2017

An Octoroon calendar

Special events

Low-cost previews

Friday 6/23 @ 8pm, Saturday 6/24 @ 8pm, Sunday 6/25 @ 7pm, Tuesday 6/27 @ 8pm, Wednesday 6/28 @ 7pm, Thursday 6/29 @ 8pm

Opening Night

Friday 6/30 @ 8pm
Includes a pre-show dinner beginning at 5:30pm for donors. Event sponsored by Hugh Groman, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Autumn Press, Hafner Vineyard, and Ramsay Winery.

Free docent events

Docent talks before Tuesday and Thursday evening performances and discussions after all matinees

Post-play discussions

After every performance

Free class

Exploring Form: The Anatomy of a Play, Saturday 6/17 @ 5pm, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre

Open captioned performance

Sunday 7/23 @ 2pm

How much

Premium: $57–97 · Section A: $50–81 · Section B: $29–65 (subject to change)

Discounts

  • Half-price tickets available for anyone under 30 years of age
  • $10 discount for students and seniors one hour before curtain
  • Groups of 10 or more, email groups@berkeleyrep.org

Tix & info

510 647–2949 · berkeleyrep.org

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