Fri, 9 September 2022
17:00 – 18:00 BST
Join playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins for a conversation with Aoife Monks on the legacies of Dion Boucicault
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ award winning 2014 play An Octoroon – a ‘radical adaptation’ of Dion Boucicault’s play 1859 play The Octoroon – has been performed around the world, most recently at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Jacobs-Jenkins joins Dr Aoife Monks in conversation, to explore what it means to navigate the legacies of Dion Boucicault’s theatre, and the residues of its nineteenth century racial attitudes, today.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a playwright, whose plays include Girls (Yale Rep), Everybody (Signature Theatre; Pulitzer Prize finalist), War (world premiere, Yale Rep; LCT3), Gloria (Vineyard Theatre; Pulitzer Prize finalist), Appropriate (Signature Theatre; OBIE Award), An Octoroon (Soho Rep.; OBIE Award), and Neighbors (The Public Theater).
This event is part of Boucicault 2020: Circuits of Skill Research Network – led by Aoife Monks and Nicholas Daly:- a series of online workshops and events to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Boucicault’s birth (delayed by Covid 19).
These events investigate the relationship between entrepreneurial values and performance skill, asking how one relates to the other in the theatre by considering the legacies of Boucicault’s theatre practice now.