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“I’m not doing a German accent
You aren’t doing an African accent
We aren’t doing accents”

An ensemble of American actors come together to make a play about the little-known first genocide of the 20th century. As the group wrestles with this remote story, their exploration hits much closer to home than anyone ever expected.

In her New York debut, Drury collides the personal and political, the humorous and harrowing, in this exhilaratingly irreverent play directed by Eric Ting.

Featuring: Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Lauren Blumenfeld, Phillip James Brannon, Grantham Coleman, Jimmy Davis, and Erin Gann.

Set Design by Mimi Lien, Costume Design by Toni-Leslie James, Lighting Design by Lenore Doxsee, Sound Design by Chris Giarmo, Video Designer: Jeff Larson, Props by Jon Knust, Violence Consultant: J. David Brimmer, Choreography by Chris Giarmo and the Company, Production Stage Manager: Terri K. Kohler, Production Manager: BD White.

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14 Responses to “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915”

  1. Mark Kleiman says:

    Jackie,

    Congratulations!!

    I look forward to seeing your creation and congratulating you in person.

    Mark

  2. [...] Jackie Sibblies Drury’s WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION ABOUT THE HERERO OF NAMIBIA, FORMERLY KNOWN AS SOUTHWEST AFRICA, FROM THE GERMAN SUDWESTAFRIKA, BETWEEN THE YEARS 1884-1915 will play from November 7 – December 2 at Soho Rep, directed by Eric Ting, with set design by Mimi Lien. The play had a great run in Chicago earlier this year at Victory Gardens. This is the NY Premiere of this astonishing new work. Info/tickets [...]

  3. Mary Imagine says:

    I’m so excited!

  4. [...] Theater – We are Proud to Present… a critically acclaimed and unique play. All weekend but some shows sold out. At the time of this [...]

  5. kate k says:

    I really enjoyed the show, the actors were excellent
    and the presentation was original and entertaining

  6. Todd Gitlin says:

    The production thrilled me, not only because of the intrinsic interest of the material but because it provoked all sorts of thoughts about how to make theater out of history and plunge the audience into the heart of darkness. Brilliantly acted and brilliantly done.

    • Soho Rep. says:

      Thanks for the note! And your description of “plunging the audience into the heart of darkness” couldn’t be more apt. THank You so much for coming to see our show.

  7. Kaori Kitao says:

    I found “We Are Proud to Present. . .” remarkable. Metatheater as such, that is, a theater about theater, is not in itself is new. But the development from the playfully awkward rehearsal scene to the culminating drama of high emotion. in which the rehearsing actors find themselves intractably enmeshed in, was ingenious, powerful, and totally engaging. The playwright, Jackie Sibblies Drury, is to be congratulated; but the director’s craft, especially in the use of the pauses and declamations, I’d like to say, was truly admirable, no less the work of the lighting and sound designers.

    • Soho Rep. says:

      Thank you so much for your wonderful response to the work. You’ve specified exactly why this play is so powerful. We look forward to having you back at Soho Rep soon.

  8. Ann says:

    Outstanding play. Theater like this makes New York a special city.

  9. helge deaton says:

    Wonderful performance. I liked how the play segued into the civil war and and the civil rights movement – a genocide can take place anywhere at any time. I like that actors had no names – representing anyone and everyone.As people we are not immune/exempt from such possible atrocities – sad as ythat may be. Which makes democracy ever more important with its right to disagree!

  10. eric says:

    While they are thoughts that often occupy my mind, prior to seeing “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…,” I had not realized the profound extent to which the dilemma of searching for meaning within an inherited cultural identity, and the dilemma of reconstructing an understanding of “history” through the perpetual contemporary lens, universally affected the human condition.

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