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Soho Rep.'s Acclaimed Production of An Octoroon Extends at Theatre for a New Audience

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins darkly comic melodrama is directed by Sarah Benson.

Amber Gray stars as Zoe in a return engagement of An Octoroon.
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The Soho Rep.-Theatre for a New Audience return engagement of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' acclaimed play An Octoroon has announced an extension through March 15. The dark comedy began performances at TFANA's Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn on February 14 and opening night is scheduled for February 26. It played a sold-out run in 2014 at Soho Rep.

Directed by Sarah Benson, An Octoroon is a meta-melodrama version of the antebellum play The Octoroon, written by Dion Boucicault. The plot is described as follows: "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."

Leading the company is Amber Gray as Zoe, who reprises her performance from the Soho Rep. run. Maechi Aharanwa, Pascale Armand, Danielle Davenport, Ian Lassiter, Austin Smith, Haynes Thigpen, and Mary Wiseman complete the cast.

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

For tickets to Soho Rep.'s An Octoroon at TFANA's Polonsky Shakespeare Center, click here.