FEED Events Announced for AN OCTOROON

FEED events lined up for Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ AN OCTOROON run the gamut: from a walking tour of melodrama & vaudeville history, to a chat about the early days of photography, an up-close talk with one of the most exciting new composers in New York, to examining new currents in contemporary Irish literature. We hope that these activities crack open the world of the play and give you many ways to frame this exuberant, historical, and thoroughly new piece of theatre.

All events are FREE and open to the public, and will begin at 9pm after the performance has concluded.*

(*Walking tour requires separate ticket. See below for details.)

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Photography, Louisiana, and Boucicault’s OCTOROON
Tuesday May 13th
post evening performance
Did you know that photography plays a huge part in the Louisiana-set OCTOROON? And did you know that photography in America began in Louisiana around the time that Boucicault wrote the play? Join Jeff Rosenheim, Chief Curator of the photography department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for a fascinating look at the earliest days of photography and how Boucicault’s play helped spread the message about this amazing new medium. An illustrated chat.

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daguerrotype by Jules Lion, the first African-American photographer, and Jeff Rosenheim.

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Vaudeville and Melodrama Walking tour of Tribeca and Soho
Saturday May 17th
11am-1pm / walk begins at Soho Rep. / 46 Walker Street / Click here to reserve a free spot.
So much of vaudeville and melodrama started in Tribeca and Soho back in the 19th century (THE OCTOROON had its US premiere at The Winter Garden Theatre which was located at Bond Street & West 3rd). NYU-affiliated local historian and walking tour guide Joyce Gold leads a unique walk looking at some of these interesting spots in New York theater history.

Early 20th century New York City
early 20th century New York City
Handbill from New York City's Winter Garden Theatre
handbill from New York City’s Winter Garden Theatre

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