Erik Ehn and Jackie Sibblies Drury in Conversation

The final event in our FEED Humanities series surrounding WE ARE PROUD… brought the playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury together with her teacher from graduate school, the incomparable Erik Ehn. The two engaged in a passionate discussion about art, the depiction of genocide, the writing process, being a minority writer and the “gesture” that is theater. It was truly a special event attended by over forty audience members.

Thanks for checking in with the FEED Humanities series for WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT… FEED will be back for NATURE THEATER OF OKLAHOMA’S LIFE & TIMES: EPISODE 1-4 with three brilliant video lectures. (There might even be some bits between now and then to boot!)

Jackie Sibblies Drury is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Her play We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 will have its New York premiere at Soho Rep in fall, 2012, and had its world premiere at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. Jackie’s work has been featured at PRELUDE.11, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Victory Gardens 2010 Ignition Festival, American Theater Company’s 10 x 10 Festival, and The Magic Theatre’s Virgin Play Festival. Jackie received a 2012-13 Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists. She was a member of the 2011-12 Soho Rep Writer/Director lab, a 2010-12 New York Theater Workshop Emerging Artist of Color Fellow, and member of The Civilians’ R&D Group. She is the dramaturg and contributing writer for Zero Cost House, a collaboration between Pig Iron Theatre Company and Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada. Jackie is a NYTW Usual Suspect and a MacDowell Colony fellow, and is on committees to organize classes for Pataphysics Playwriting Workshops and The Public School New York. She is a graduate of Brown’s MFA playwriting program, where she received the David Wickham Prize in Playwriting. Her play Social Creatures was commissioned by Trinity Repertory Theater Company in Providence RI, and will premiere there in 2013. Jackie is the inaugural recipient of the Jerome New York Fellowship for 2012-2014.

Erik Ehn’s work includes Maria Kizito, Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling, Yermedea, Drunk Still Drinking, and The Saint Plays. Most recently Ehn premiered a series of 17 plays – Soulographie – on the history of the US in the 20th Century from the point of view of its genocides, at La MaMa (NYC) this past November. His works have been produced in San Francisco (Intersection, Thick Description, Yugen – where he was the former Artistic Director), Seattle (Annex, Empty Space), Austin (Frontera), New York (BACA, Whitney Museum), San Diego (Sledgehammer), Chicago (Red Moon), Atlanta (7 Stages), Los Angeles (Cal Rep, Museum of Jurassic Technology), Belgrade (Dah), and elsewhere. He conducts annual trips to Rwanda/Uganda, bringing teams to study the history there, and explore the ways art is participating in recovery from violence. He produces the Arts in the One World conference yearly, which engages themes of art and social change. Artistic Associate, Theatre of Yugen. Graduate of New Dramatists.


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