When: Sat., June 17, 5-6:30 p.m. 2017
This informal class will examine how a play is crafted to shape our comprehension of the story. An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins uses the same dramatic conventions of Dion Boucicault’s 1859 melodrama, The Octoroon, but it also subverts those conventions to explore race in America in contemporary terms. The play comments on the original melodrama using meta-theatrical moments that are both haunting and comic. Looking at source material and examples in the play, participants will unpack how Jacobs-Jenkins uses adaptation, melodrama, and meta-theatre as storytelling tools. Taught by Literary Manager Sarah Rose Leonard.