Actor’s Express presents An Octoroon Obie Award Winner for Best New American Play

Actor’s Express presents An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Directed by Donya K. Washington, Associate Producer at the Alliance Theatre, this wildly imaginative new work turns a 19th-century melodrama on its ear in a riotous romp that hurls the antebellum south into direct collision with 21st-century cultural politics. “Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is one of the most exciting playwrights writing for the American theatre today. This play uses crazy theatricality to cast a critical eye on the modern world through the lens of the past,” says Artistic Director Freddie Ashley.

Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets start at $20 and may be purchased online at or by calling 404-607-7469.

An Octoroon
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Donya K. Washington
January 27- February 24, 2019
Winner of the Obie Award for Best New American Play.
Trouble has been a-brewin’ at the Terrebonne Plantation since Judge Peyton died. Money is running out, an evil overseer is up to no good, and the heir to the estate is in love with someone he shouldn’t be. MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (author of the AE hit Appropriate) turns a nineteenth-century melodrama on its ear in this combustibly hilarious, riotously subversive romp that hurls the antebellum south into a direct collision course with 21st-century cultural politics.

Previews: Wednesday-Friday, January 23-25 at 8 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, January 26 at 8 PM
Regular Performances: January 27 – February 24, 2018
Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM
Sunday at 2 PM
Purchase tickets online at or by calling 404-607-7469.
Group pricing is available. For info, email
Student tickets are always $20.
Regular ticket prices range from $20 – $50.
Ticket prices are subject to availability. Order early for best pricing.

Neal A. Ghant BJJ
Kyle Brumley -Playwright
Kylie Brown -Zoe
Brandy Sexton -Dora
Ryan Vo -Paul/Pete/Assistant
Candy McLellan -Minnie
Isake Akanke -Dido
Parris Sarter -Grace
Curtis Lipsey -B’rer Rabbit/Ratts/BJJ Understudy
Ashleigh Randolph -Grace/Dido/Minnie Understudy
Marc Anthony Toro -Playwright/Assistant Understudy
Donya K. Washington -Director
Leslie Taylor -Scenic Designer
Zach Murphy -Lighting Designer
April Andrew -Costume Designer
Chris Lane -Sound Designer
Kate Bidwell-LaFoy Properties -Designer
Rodney Williams -Stage Manager
Angela Farr-Schiller -Dramaturg
Zack Georgian -Assistant Director
Assistant Stage Manager -Brea Walker

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Arts Fund
City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
Fulton County, Atlanta, Georgia
Georgia Council for the Arts
Holland IT Consulting
Kilpatrick Townsend
National Endowment for the Arts
The Charles Loridans Foundation
The Shubert Foundation
Thompson Hine
Major support is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.

Since our founding in 1988, we have sought to nurture the next generation of playwrights through workshops, readings, and full productions of new plays; to develop and nurture Atlanta’s artistic community through theatre training; to catalyze the dialogue essential to the vitality of our neighborhood and our city; and to enhance Atlanta’s reputation nationally as a thriving center for live performance. Actor’s Express is located on the west side of Atlanta in the King Plow Arts Center at 887 W. Marietta Street, Suite J-107, Atlanta, Georgia 30318.


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