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What you gonna do once you free? You just gonna walk up in somebody house and be like, ‘Hey. I’m a slave. Help me?’
'The play uses the plot of the Irish playwright Dion Boucicault’s 1859 melodrama The Octoroon…as the starting point for a bigger, wilder, more hilarious play about the tremendous, often tragic difficulties of identity, and life, for us all.' - The New Yorker.
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 dastardly M’Closky has other plans — for both Terrebonne and Zoe.
The UK premiere of the OBIE Award-winning play by Pulitzer Prize nominee Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.
Ned Bennett returns to the Orange Tree to direct following Pomona, which transferred to the National Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre.
'A wildly imaginative new work.' - Village Voice, New York
'coruscating comedy of unresolved history… this decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today' - Ben Brantley, New York Times.
*An octoroon is a person of one-eighth black ancestry.
Contains strong language that some may find offensive.
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