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I so admire An Octoroon because it directly questions theatre’s relevance inside the very dialogue of the characters while us giving us a fresh and challenging take on the history of race and racism in America. It does this by reclaiming and reinventing the theatrical form of melodrama. Melodrama, an art form that is gaining tremendous popularity in the last few years with the rise of Shonda Rhimes’ well-received television shows Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and…

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Why do we go to the theatre? As a student heaping on loans to study an art and way of storytelling started back with the Greeks, this is a questions that rings in my debt-addled brain on the daily. Why do human beings with perfectly good netflix accounts spend money, to go outside, to go sit inside a dark house watching people pretend to be someones and somethings else on stage? And there’s a variety…

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Read more blog articles associated with An Octoroon here!   By 1860, approximately ten percent of enslaved people in the American South had at least one white ancestor, often as a result of forced sexual assault on female slaves by white slave owners. In southern Louisiana, where An Octoroon takes place, there was also a large population of Creole African-Americans, descended from European colonialists in various areas of the African continent. Consequently, free and enslaved people…

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Season Preview! (Photo Cred: Paul Marotta) The New England work flow was once described to me as unrelenting amounts of work in the fall, a pause for the holidays, brief interruptions from snow, a heavy churn during spring, and then starting Memorial Day you leave work as often as possible until Labor Day (when you then sneak away on weekend trips until Columbus Day). It’s a gross generalization, but the bit about the fall certainly…

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  This timeline is re-blogged from Company One’s resource page on We Are Proud to Present… The blog, curated by Company One’s Production Dramaturge, Ramona Ostrowski, can be found here.  Timeline of Events That Led to Genocide 1840s: Germans (first missionaries, then settlers, then soldiers) begin arriving in South West Africa. The two main tribes are the Nama and the Herero, livestock farmers. 1880s: Germany makes South West Africa a colony. The military governor, Major Theodor Leutwein, knows…

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