AN OCTOROON – The Basement

By | May 12, 2019

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Direction by Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates
May 16 – June 1 at The Basement

“AN OCTOROON insists that making theater can be the best way to talk back to history.” -The Village Voice

Judge Peyton is dead and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful octoroon. But the evil overseer M’Closky has other plans—for both Terrebonne and Zoe. In 1859, a famous Irishman wrote this play about slavery in America. Now an American tries to write his own. Winner of the 2014 OBIE Award for Best New American Play.

“AN OCTOROON invites us to laugh loudly and easily at how naïve the old stereotypes now seem, until nothing seems funny at all… Mr. Jacobs-Jenkins is using a genre associated with exclamation points to ask questions not only about the portrayal of race in America but also about the inadequate means we have for such portrayals. I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to reveal that this show ends – spectacularly and hauntingly – with all of us in the dark.” -The New York Times

FEATURING Jamar Jones, Cole Metz, Jeremy Morris, Juliana Caycedo, Khadijah Franks, Asjah Janece, Trinitee Pearson, and Maggie Roop.

Direction by Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates; Scenic Design by Dasia Gregg; Lighting Design by Erin Barclay; Costume Design by Nia Safarr Banks; Sound Design by Kelsey Cordrey; Properties Design by Eden DiMarco; Master Carpentry by Connor Scudder; Dialects by Erica Hughes; Fight Choreography by Joe Myers; Photography by Tom Topinka; Production Stage Management by Mason Hemphill.

Thursday, May 16 at 8pm – Preview
Friday, May 17 at 8pm – Opening Night
Saturday, May 18 at 8pm
Thursday, May 23 at 8pm
Friday, May 24 at 8pm
Saturday, May 25 at 8pm
Sunday, May 26 at 2pm – Matinee
Tuesday, May 28 at 8pm – Industry Night
Thursday, May 30 at 8pm
Friday, May 31 at 8pm
Saturday, June 1 at 8pm – Closing Night

$35 – General Admission
$25 – Senior / Industry (RVATA)
$15 – Student / Teacher (with valid ID)
Tickets are NOW ON SALE at

TheatreLAB is Richmond’s home for unexpected and evocative performance. Create. Collaborate. Cultivate. The Basement is located at 300 East Broad Street in Richmond’s Arts District. Learn more at #RVA #SUPPORTLOCAL

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