Theatre for A New Audience Announces New Cast for Acclaimed Play An Octoroon

News   Theatre for A New Audience Announces New Cast for Acclaimed Play An Octoroon
TFNA has announced a new cast for their staging of An Octoroon, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' widely acclaimed play, originally produced by Soho Rep in 2014, where it had two extensions and a sold-out engagement.

The cast includes Maechi Aharanwa (Facing Our Truth - Night Vision), Pascale Armand (The Trip to Bountiful), Danielle Davenport (All's Well That Ends Well), Ian Lassiter (War Horse), Austin Smith (Julliard School), Haynes Thigpen (Dead Accounts) and Mary Wiseman (An Octoroon).

As previously reported, Amber Gray is returning as Zoe and Sarah Benson, artistic director at Soho Rep, will also return to direct. Performances will run Feb.14-March 8 at TFNA's Polonsky Shakespeare Center.

Jacobs-Jenkins' play award-winning play, about love, race and slavery in the American South, is based on Dion Boucicault's 1859 melodrama about a love affair between the white heir to a Louisiana plantation and a woman who is one-eighth black (an octoroon). According to press notes, "in An Octoroon, 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."

The creative team returns, including Mimi Lien (sets), Wade Laboissonniere (costumes), Matt Frey (lights), Matt Tierney (sound), Jeff Sugg (projections), Cookie Jordan (wigs and makeup), César Alvarez (songs, music, & music director), David Brimmer (fight director), David Neumann (choreography) and J. Noah Mease (props).

Tickets for An Octoroon are available online by visiting or by calling (866) 811 4111. The Polonsky Shakespeare Center is located at 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn.

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