An Octoroon

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
directed by Joanna Settle
March 16, 2016April 10, 2016

Meet the Artists


Aaron Bell • Brer Rabbit/Captain Ratts
Jaylene Clark Owens • Minnie
James Ijames • BJJ
Justin Jain • Assistant/Pete/Paul
Alina John • Grace
Maggie Johnson • Dora
Ed Swidey • Playwright/Wahnotee/LaFouche

Production Team

Matt Saunders • Set Designer
Tilly Grimes • Costume Designer
Thom Weaver • Lighting Designer
Zachary Beattie-Brown • Sound Designer
Ayo Jackson • Choreographer
Nell Bang-Jensen • Dramaturg/Casting Director
Patreshettarlini Adams • Stage Manager

ILL DOOTS is a diverse and expansive tribe, originally nothing more than a few Uarts students of various disciplines in a jam session. From these humble beginnings they built a foundation of collaboration that continues to drive ILL DOOTS forward on their journey as artists. They are ecstatic to share this journey with such a powerful ensemble and the Wilma Theater. They would like to thank BJJ for his bold, unapologetic artistry and motivating them to continue to push that spirit of work forward. Their own artistic spirit is represented by the acronym I.L.L which stands for “I Love Living”, “I Love Learning”, and “I Live Lessons”. Every #FourthFriday you can see them playing live at various locations in Philadelphia. Learn more about our movement at