– In the program interview, playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins says, “Melodrama is always about good and evil,” and suggests that we find comfort in this familiar narrative device. How do you see this dichotomy play out elsewhere in our culture? How do we create heroes and villains?
– All the actors in An Octoroon are performing race in different ways, at different times. Have you ever felt like you’re “performing” an aspect of your identity? When?
In An Octoroon, Zoe is caught between two worlds. Have you ever had to reconcile two different aspects of your culture, upbringing, or personal identity?