Amber Gray, Jocelyn Bioh, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Shyko Amos, Danny Wolohan, Ben Horner Star in An Octoroon, Opening May 4

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04 May 2014

Marsha Stephanie Blake
Marsha Stephanie Blake
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The Soho Rep world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon officially opens May 4 following previews that began April 23.

Helmed by artistic director Sarah Benson, performances continue through May 24.

The cast features Shyko Amos as Grace; Jocelyn Bioh as Minnie; Marsha Stephanie Blake as Dido; Amber Gray as Zoe; Ben Horner as Assistant, Pete and Paul; Chris Myers as BJJ, George and M'Closky; Zoë Winters as Dora; and Danny Wolohan as Playwright, Wahnotee and Lafouche.

In 1859 Dion Boucicault’s The Octoroon opened at The Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. In the play, according to Soho Rep, "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.

"Branden Jacobs-Jenkins collides the sensational plot and heightened theatrical gestures of Boucicault’s original with contemporary language and dueling set of narrators. His An Octoroon is a piece that’s firmly about us—here and now."



The creative team includes Mimi Lien (sets), Matt Frey (lights), Matt Tierney (sound), Wade Laboissonniere (costumes), Cookie Jordan (wigs and makeup), Jeff Sugg (projections) Jon Knust (props), J. David Brimmer (fight director), Amanda Spooner (stage management) and Elizabeth Moreau (producer).

Soho Rep is located at 46 Walker Street in Manhattan. General admission tickets are $35 and can be purchased by visiting sohorep.org or calling (212) 352-3101.