Jacobs-Jenkins' Neighbors Extend Their Lease at the Public

News   Jacobs-Jenkins' Neighbors Extend Their Lease at the Public The Public LAB has extended its world-premiere production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Neighbors an additional week of performances through March 14.

Jacobs-Jenkins' work, which began performances Feb. 16 at the Public Theater, has been generating buzz for its use of black actors in blackface to confront the concept of post-racial America. Jacobs-Jenkins is a member of the Public's Emerging Writers Group.

Niegel Smith directs the production that was originally scheduled to close March 7. Tickets beyond the initial March 7 engagement will be $20.

The cast includes Jocelyn Bioh as Topsy, Danielle Davenport as Melody, Brandon Gill as Jim, Birgit Huppuch as Jean, Chris McKinney as Richard, Okieriete Onaodowan as Sambo, Tonye Patano as Mammy and Eric Jordan Young as Zip.

"Have you seen the new neighbors?," press notes ask. "Richard Patterson is not happy. The family of black actors that has moved in next door is rowdy, tacky, shameless, and uncouth. And they are not just invading his neighborhood—they’re infiltrating his family, his sanity, and his entirely post-racial lifestyle."

"Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a thrilling, bold new voice exploring issues of race with searing intelligence and explosive theatricality," said Public Theater associate artistic director Mandy Hackett in a statement. "We are very happy to share this provocative and meaningful play in Public LAB." A joint effort between the Public Theater and LAByrinth Theater Company, the series offers playwrights a developmental laboratory and theatregoers the opportunity to see emerging works for only $10 a ticket.

For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

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