Playwright to watch: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is going places. Strike that – he’s already there. The late 20’s playwright is having quite a year, and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down any time soon.

His play APPROPRIATE, which opened last year at Humana and is now on at Signature Theatre, was well reviewed yesterday by the NYT.

In a few weeks, his adaptation of Dion Boucicault’s racially charged OCTOROON opens at Soho Rep, directed by Sarah Benson. This project descends from a previous production that imploded in 2010 just before opening at PS 122 when director Gavin Quinn of Ireland’s famed Pan Pan Theatre bailed out over creative differences.

And this November his play WAR premieres at Yale Rep.

Previously, his epic NEIGHBORS at the Public Theater, which featured black actors in blackface acting out cliched racial archetypes, caused a bit of a stir.

Here’s a profile on Jacobs-Jenkins from last year.


Jacobs-Jenkins' adaptation of AN OCTOROON at Soho Rep is coming soon.
Jacobs-Jenkins’ adaptation of AN OCTOROON at Soho Rep is coming soon.