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An Octoroon is a play written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins . It is an adaptation of Dion Boucicault's The Octoroon , which premiered in 1859. Jacobs-Jenkins reframes Boucicault's play using its original characters and plot, speaking much of Boucicault's dialogue, and critiques its portrayal of race using Brechtian elements. [1] Jacobs-Jenkins considers An Octoroon and his other works Appropriate and Neighbors linked in the exploration of theatre, genre, and how theatre interacts with questions of identity, along with how these questions (such as "Why do we think of a social issue as something that can be solved?") transform as a part of life. [2] Contents [hide] 1Characters and casting 2Plot o 2.1The Art of Dramatic Composition: A Prologue o 2.2Act I o 2.3Act II o 2.4Act III o 2.5Act IV o 2.6Act V 3Deconstructions o 3.1Melodrama o 3.2Stereotypes 4Development and production history 5References Characters and casting[ edit ] Jacobs-Jenkins recommends the play be performed with 8 or 9 actors, [3] with male characters played using blackface/whiteface/redface, and female characters portrayed by actresses that match the characters' race. [1] BJJ – a black playwright who plays the characters: George – the white heir to the Plantation Terrebonne, a photographer M’Closky – an evil white overseer who plots to buy Terrebonne and Zoe
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Playwright – a characterization of The Octoroon's caucasian author, Dion Boucicault who plays the roles of: Wahnotee – an Indian of ambiguous background, friends with Paul Lafouche – an auctioneer Assistant – Playwright's intern, to be played by an actor of Native American or South Asian decent, who plays the roles of: Pete – an older, loyal slave in charge of the house Paul – a pickaninny -type young slave Zoe – the titular octoroon. She is the daughter of George's Uncle and a slave. Zoe grew
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