Obie Award-winning playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins takes the plot of Dion Boucicault’s 1859 antebellum melodrama, The Octoroon, and smashes it with a 21st century sensibility. Presented through the eyes of the onstage playwright BJJ, this pre-Civil War tale set in the Deep South tells of a slave owner’s affections for a woman whose blood is one-eighth Black. Ignited by Joanna Settle’s bold direction, the production will feature choreography and original music to create a theatrical event that is equally hilarious and moving, subversive and provocative. The Wilma’s An Octoroon promises to be ripe for audience conversation around race in today’s society, and the role that theater plays with this dialogue. “This decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.” – The New York Times
The Bucks County Playhouse (BCP) is committed to providing the finest in theatrical entertainment for visitors and residents of New Hope and the Bucks County area. With its renovated, state-of-the-art facilities, BCP reclaims its historic position as a renowned performing arts venue for live theatrical productions and other important entertainment and community events. The Playhouse is committed to creative development, giving artists the opportunity to apply their talents in ways they otherwise would not be able to, and fostering new talent as well.