AN OCTOROON by Brendan Jacobs-Jenkins
Paid gig. Rehearsals in Durham, NC rehearsals starting 1/15/18, opening 2/16/18 and closes 3/4/18 at the DAC PSI Theater in Downtown Durham.
Please Email JB@BartlettTheater.com to set up an appointment. Various times and dates available. Please send a headshot and resume with initial request.
AN OCTOROON is a contemporary reworking of Dion Boucicault‘s 19th century melodrama THE OCTOROON. 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 belle Dora 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.
SEEKING: (descriptions of color are by the playwright)
BJJ / GEORGE/ SCUDDER / M’CLOSKY:
Male, 20s-30s, African American. Young contemporary playwright struggling to make sense of Boucicault’s original. He is inquisitive but confused, idealistic but ironic. Also able to step into the classical roles of George, Scudder and M’Closky.
ASSISTANT/ PETE/ PAUL:
Male, 20-30s. Native American/mixed race actor/South Asian actor Strong and loyal.
ZOE: Female, 20s- 30s. An octoroon actress/white actress/an actress of color who can pass for white The Octoroon of the title.
BR’ER RABBIT/ CAPTAIN RATTS:
Male, any age. African American. Silent observer of the action of the play dressed as a rabbit. Also plays a salty sea captain
ROLES ALREADY CAST:
DORA: Cast Female, late 30s to mid-40s. White. A fading Southern Belle. Primary character in Boucicault’s original.
MINNIE: Cast Female, 20s. African American. A domestic on the estate, a bit slow.
PLAYWRIGHT/ WAHNOTEE/ LAFOUCHE: Cast Male, 30s-40s, Caucasian. Plays the role of Dion Boucicault, the Irish Playwright. Also plays Wahnotee and LaFouche.
DIDO: Cast Female, 30s. African American. A domestic on the estate. Dry, ironic and wise.
GRACE: Cast Female, 20s-30s. African American. A domestic on the estate. Funny and forgetful.