Jacobs-Jenkins Assumes Directorial Duties of His Play The Octoroon at PS 122

News   Jacobs-Jenkins Assumes Directorial Duties of His Play The Octoroon at PS 122
 
Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, whose minstrelsy-filled play Neighbors made a highly publicized debut at the Public Theater last winter, has now taken over as director of his latest work The Octoroon: An Adaptation Of The Octoroon Based On The Octoroon, which has delayed previews to June 19 at PS 122.

Jacobs-Jenkins was originally aligned with Irish director Gavin Quinn, who had been directing the play. Previews were first scheduled to begin June 16. Quinn has since departed the production, which will continue with the original cast intact under Jacobs-Jenkins' direction.

In a statement, PS 122 said it was "disappointed with the outcome but supports the mutual decision of all parties not to continue as originally envisaged." A representative said the "new version of the play," as it is billed, will represent "more of Branden's vision." The opening night of June 24 remains the same. The Octoroon will continue as scheduled through July 3.

The cast features Karl Allen (George Peyton), Travis York (M'Closky), Ben Beckley (Scudder), Chris Manley (Pete), Gabe Leve (Lafouche), Jake Hart (Paul/The Assistant), Jason Black (Ratts), Danny Manley (Wah-no-tee/Dion Boucicault), Margaret Flanagan (Mrs. Peyton), Amber Gray (Zoe), Mary Wiseman (Dora Sunnyside), LaToya Lewis (Dido), Kim Gainer (Minnie) and Sasheer Zamata (Grace).

Here's how PS 122 describes The Octoroon: "A bombastic, super-theatrical, full-scale investigation of the sweetest of intersections— theatre and identity politics. This 21st century adaptation seeks to understand why New York audiences can't seem to get enough of plays about racism and America."

Jacobs-Jenkins is a member of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group. His full-length plays also include Appropriate and The Change. Tickets are available by phoning (212) 352-3101 or by visiting PS122.

PS 122 is located in Manhattan at 150 1st Avenue at East 9th Street.

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