Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is on the brink of foreclosure. George, the high-minded heir apparent, falls for the lovely Zoe, who’s one-eighth black. But the bigoted belle Dora has eyes for George, and the dastardly overseer M’closky plots to keep Zoe and Terrebonne for himself. Today—with race still as incendiary a global issue as it was then— Branden Jacobs-jenkins has torn apart and rebuilt the original text as a towering, immersive and wildly funny theatrical experience like no other.
Colin Smith, “An Octoroon”. Photo: David Kelly.