- Monday April 8, 4pm-7pm
- Tuesday April 9, Noon-2pm
- Thursday April 11, Noon-2pm
The Little Theatre
Milton G. Bassin Center for the Performing Arts at York College
All are welcome!
No experience necessary!
Earn credit - TA 215 Theatre Practice
- Work backstage or be cast in one of our two spring 2019 major productions!
- An Octoroon (Winner of the 2014 OBIE Award for Best New American Play)
- To Be Announce - We will be selecting a second show!
An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Judge Peyton is dead and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrves as their apparent and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful octoroon. But the evil overseer M’closky has other paans –for both Terrebonne and Zoe. In 1859, a famous Irishman wwrote this play about slavery in America. now an American tries to write his own.
Role 1(M): Played by an African-American actor or a black actor:
- BJJ – the author of this play (Brendon Jacob-Jenkins).
- George – the white heir to the Plantation Terrebonne, a photographer.
- M'Closky – an evil white overseer who plots to buy Terrebonne and Zoe.
Role 2(M): Played by a white actor or an actor who can pass as white:
- Playwright – a characterization of The Octoroon's Caucasian author, Dion Boucicault
- Wahnotee – an Indian of ambiguous background, friends with Paul
- Lafouche – an auctioneer
Role 3(M): Played by a Native American actor, a mixed-race actor, a South Asian actor, or one who can pass as Native American:
- Assistant – Playwright's intern, to be played by an actor of Native American or South Asian descent, who plays the roles of:
- Pete – an older, loyal slave in charge of the house
- Paul – a young slave
Role 4 (F): Played by an octoroon actress, a white actress, a quadroon actress, a biracial actress, a multi-racial actress, or an actress of color who can pass as an octoroon.
- Zoe – the octoroon. She is the daughter of George's Uncle and a slave. Zoe grew up in the house, was educated, and has affection for the slaves, who appreciate her.
Role 5 (F): Played by a white actress or an actress who can pass as white.
- Dora – a wealthy white woman who sets her eyes on George
Role 6 (F): Played by an African-American actress, a black actress, or an actress of color.
- Minnie – a house slave
Role 7 (F): Played by an African-American actress, a black actress, or an actress of color.
- Dido – a slave, friends with Minnie
Role 8 (F): Played by an African-American actress, a black actress, or an actress of color.
- Grace – a pregnant slave
Role 9 (M/F): Played by someone involved in the production.
- Br'er Rabbit – a presentation of the Br'er Rabbit character. The actor playing Br'er Rabbit can also double as:
- Captain Ratts – the owner of a ship that comes to buy slaves