Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a Brooklyn-based playwright. His plays include Everybody (Pulitzer Prize-finalist), Gloria (Pulitzer Prize-finalist), Appropriate (Obie Award), An Octoroon (Obie Award) and Neighbors. Recent honors include the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright from the London Evening Standard, a London Critics Circle Award, a MacArthur fellowship, and the Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama.
Michael R. Jacksons new musical A Strange Loop premiers at Playwrights Horizons this June in association with Page 73. Earlier this spring, playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Jackson sat down together for a long talk, covering their time at NYU/Tisch, Jacksons coming into his own with musical theater, and negro-liberalism. What follows is a curated glimpse into that conversation.