Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Wins at Obie's!
The critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play, “An Octoroon,” written by Princess Grace Awards-winning playwright, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, remains open for one more week at The Soho Rep in New York City.
Branden’s Off-Broadway plays, “An Octoroon” and "Appropriate," dominated the 59th annual Obie Awards on May 19, with Brenden winning the “Best New American Pla” award for writing both dramas. “An Octoroon" is a contemporary adaption of“An Octoroon," a play from 1859 by Irish playwright DionBoucicault. It’s the story of the Terrebonne plantation. Its owner, Judge Peyton, dies leaving Terrebonne in financial trouble and his young and handsome nephew, George, in charge. George falls in love with Zoe, an octoroon (meaning, a person having one-eighth black ancestry). M’Closky, the evil overseer, has different plans for both Zoe and the plantation. Time Out New York raves, “At its wickedest (and best), An Octoroon can make you gasp—perhaps in shock at something funny or cruel, or in delight at the naughty, secret-filled set.”
Branden’s young career has catapulted since receiving this Princess Grace Award for Playwriting in 2009. In 2013, he received the first ever Tennessee Williams Award from the Sundance Institute, which was presented to him by Oscar-winning actress Sally Field. The award was created to support new work for dynamic and innovative new artists. In addition, Branden has also been awarded the Dorothy Strelsin Playwriting Fellowship, the Paula Vogel Award, two residencies with the Sundance Theatre Lab, and a fellowship in playwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
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May 21, 2014