Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a well-known playwright to those who follow the contemporary American theater scene. Many are familiar with his most popular work, An Octoroon (2014), an adaptation of Dion Boucicault’s The Octoroon (1859) which, along with Appropriate (2013), was honored with an Obie Award for Best New American Play in 2014. Other works include Gloria (2015) and Everybody (2017)—which were both Pulitzer Prize finalists—Neighbors (2010), War (2016), and Girls (2019). In 2016, Jacobs-Jenkins was named a MacArthur “Genuis” Fellow for “using a range of theatrical genres in subversive, often unsettling works that engage frankly with the ways in which race, class, and history are negotiated in both private and public.”1 His most recent play, The Comeuppance (2023), made quite a splash at The Signature Theatre in the summer of 2023. Appropriate received its Broadway debut at 2nd Stage in December 2023.

Jacobs-Jenkins is also a professor in...

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