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Name- AKM Samiul Islam Drama 1- Intro to acting Topic- Response Paper Prof. Julie Boyd 11/5/2017 An Octoroon On 2 nd November, I went to the Goldstein theatre of CUNY Queens college to watch a live performance of the play An Octoroon , and we have been told by our Professor, Ms. Julie Boyd to write up a response paper explaining all the jobs within the theatre including all my personal experiences on watching the play. The play was originally written by Dion Boucicault in 1859, which was then adapted into a new innovative play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins in 2014 as a theatrical melodrama depicting a typical lifestyle of slaves and their owners within a southern plantation during the reconstruction era in mid-18 th century. As a student minoring in History in Queens college, I had a clear understanding of plantation life of owners and their slaves in American South. I learned from some of my history courses on how the African-Americans were cruelly treated as slaves and how they were exploited as personal properties of white plantation owners. So before going to watch the play itself, I thought it was important to research on the background of the play and the history behind it. Also, as it was my first time watching a live show on a theatre, I thought it would be best to research a little bit on the list of characters on that play. The play called An Octoroon meant someone who is one-eighth black. This play was directed by Estefania Dadul and they were altogether 7 actors and actresses who played multiple characters on set. On 2 nd November, I purchased a ticket on the Kupferberg center for the evening show at 7pm. Before entering the theatre, the ticket checker my ticket and gave a leaflet on the show. As I arrived 15 minutes earlier to get the best seats, I already observed that the theatre was somewhat 60-70 percent full and hence, I sat on the front middle row to get the view possible. The theatre P a g e | 1
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was large on my perspective. There were multiple accessories on the stage and I thought the stage was incomplete and there was no curtain on the auditorium. I felt somewhat excited to see
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