Amber Gray, Jocelyn Bioh, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Shyko Amos, Danny Wolohan, Ben Horner Cast in Off-Broadway's An Octoroon
By Andrew Gans
Casting has been announced for the Soho Rep. world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon, which will begin performances April 23 prior to an official opening May 4.
Helmed by artistic director Sarah Benson, performances will continue through May 18 at Soho Rep.
The cast will feature Amber Gray as Zoe; Jocelyn Bioh as Minnie; Marsha Stephanie Blake as Dido; Shyko Amos as Grace; Danny Wolohan as Playwright, Wahnotee and Lafouche; and Ben Horner as Assistant, Pete and Paul. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
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.
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