Past Event

An Octoroon

January 31, 2024 - February 3, 2024
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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The Theatre @ Schapiro
605 West 115th Street
New York, NY 10025

Columbia University School of Arts MFA Acting Cohort of 2025 presents Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' An Octoroon, directed by A. Dean Irby.

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. In 1859, a famous Irishman wrote this play about slavery in America. Now an American tries to write his own.

Wednesday, January 31st @ 7:30pm
Thursday, February 1st @ 7:30pm
Friday, February 2nd @ 7:30pm
Saturday, February 3rd @ 2pm & 7:30pm

2 hours, 30 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission

This play contains explicit language, racial slurs, disturbing images of racial violence (lynching, police brutality, etc.) and violence. 

Jaucqir LaFond – BJJ / M’CLOSKY  
Milton Espinoza Jr. – ASSISTANT / PETE / PAUL 
Isaiah Brown – GEORGE
Bethsabé Caballero – ZOE
Jacqui Byrne – DORA 
Sarah-Michele Guei – MINNIE 
Scenarious Thurmond – DIDO 
Lola Fadiran – GRACE / BR’ER RABBIT 
Jeffrey Parksinon – CAPTAIN RATTS 

Director A. Dean Irby 
Dramaturg Dezi Tibbs
Production Stage Manager Paola Solís-Ramírez
Sound/Projections Design Ariana Wei
Lighting Design Emmanuel Delgado 
Fight Choreography Jacqueline Holloway 

All 5 performances of An Octoroon are currently sold out. Walk-up tickets will be available for those who were unable to reserve a ticket in advance. The walk-up waitlist will open 30 minutes before curtain, first come, first serve.

Please note: The Theatre @ Schapiro is only accessible by a flight of stairs. For elevator access to the space, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance at [email protected]. We can also be reached at (617)-955-9078. If you need further accommodations please email [email protected] at least 5 days before the event.