ABOUT THE SHOW
A rehearsal room descends from collaborative to absurd as a group of idealistic actors—three black and three white—come together to tell the little-known story of a centuries-old conflict in South West Africa. As the troupe try to recreate the extinction of the Herero tribe at the hands of their German colonizers, their own stories, subjectivities, and ingrained prejudices rise to the surface. Tensions mount as the actors discover the limits of their good intentions.
We Are Proud to Present… is innovative, fast-paced, and funny, and a wholly unique take on race and empathy.
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We Are Proud to Present… runs approximately just under 2 hours with no intermission.
Visit the “House Lights Up” tab above to learn more about the high-profile panel discussions, readings, and other special events, curated by Woolly’s Connectivity Department to accompany the run of We Are Proud to Present…
PRAISE FOR WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT…
“A genuine THUNDERBOLT”
“Culturally SHOCKING and emotionally STUNNING”
“Stunning, fantastically funny, and emotionally exhausting”
“A powerful punch”
“Incredibly thought provoking…RAZOR SHARP SATIRE”
“Disturbing and EXHILARATING”
“INCENDIARY results…consistently funny but ultimately discomfiting”
“We Are Proud… impressively navigates the tricky boundaries that separate art and life, the haunted present and the haunting historical past”
“A very STIMULATING and EXCITING piece of new writing”
“This GUTSY and SUBSTANTIAL 90-minute play wades into some searingly crucial issues in culture and education, including who has the right to say they know a person, who controls the recording of history, how we tend to look at the horrors of the past through the prism of the horrors of the present, and even the effect on actors and audience of any play that deals with a mass extermination, an event that any piece of art must inevitably trivialize.”
“A VERY PROMISING new play about race, history and the demons we’re apparently unable to banish”
“In her ingeniously original new play, Jackie Sibblies Drury takes us inside the creation process as a group of actors, three black and three white, tries to figure out how to tell the mysterious story of a small African tribe that was wiped out by German colonialists. But the real story is how these theatre artists are affected by their own process, how their sincere attempt to inhabit the minds of people a century ago and halfway around the world comes home to roost in their own feelings about race today. Some will view this as satire, some as an excavation of our cultural souls. In either case, We Are Proud To Present… is a mesmerizing new work about the limits of empathy and good intentions.”
Show art by Carolyn Sewell.
HOUSE LIGHTS UP
House Lights Up events are high-profile panel discussions, lectures, debates, film screenings, concerts, readings, and other special events, curated by Woolly’s Connectivity Department. The following events will take place during the run of We Are Proud to Present…:
Facing our Truth: Ten-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege
Wednesday, Feb 5, activism fair begins at 6:30pm, performance begins at 7:30pm
Woolly will join theatres across the country by participating in Facing our Truth: Ten-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege, a project of The New Black Fest. To commemorate the late Trayvon Martin’s birthday, Woolly will present a staged reading of the work of seven multicultural playwrights who have created six plays about race and privilege in the United States in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case: Dominique Morisseau, Winter Miller, Dan O’Brien in collaboration with the musician Quetzal Flores, Marcus Gardley, Mona Mansour and Tala Manassah, and A. Rey Pamatmat. Eric Ruffin, Lecturer at Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts, will direct the reading. The event will include a post-presentation panel discussion facilitated by co-presenter African Continuum Theatre Company’s Producing Artistic Director Thembi Duncan. The theatre will also host an activism fair on peace. Participants include We Act Radio, Washington Peace Center, the DC Chapter of the National Action Network, Hannah Mothers Campaign, the Georgetown University Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, and the Greater Washington Urban League.
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Race and Empathy: What are the limits of our good intentions?
Enjoy full table service at Busboys and Poets, volunteer to read scenes from We Are Proud to Present…, directed by a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company artistic staff, and take part in a post-read discussion about the themes and characters in the play and how they relate to race and racism in the here and now. The discussion will feature playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury!
Namibian Community Event: Uncover the history beneath the performance
Saturday, February 22
Mix and mingle in a pre-performance reception and meet Dr. Ngondi Kamatuka, President of the Association of the Ovaherero Genocide. There will be a cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Immediately following the performance, join Dr. Kamatuka for a presentation and Q&A about how the rich oral history of the Ovaherero people has succeeded in keeping the memories of the genocide victims alive for generations to come.
Click here and purchase tickets using the code ERERO to get a special discount and access to the exclusive pre-performance reception with Dr. Ngondi Kamatuka.
Community Conversations with Leadership Greater Washington:
In We Are Proud to Present… a rehearsal room descends from collaborative to absurd as tensions mount around race prejudice. How does the performative turn political on the streets, in the classrooms, and within the office walls of DC? Join a discussion about conflict and race relations in one of the most diverse cities in the country—our nation’s capital.
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Race, Memory, and Performance: A Post-show Discussion with Georgetown University’s Center for German and European Studies
Join academics and experts taking part in Georgetown University’s Center for German and European Studies conference on performing blackness in the transatlantic world. Ask questions about what lies between German performance history, popular images of race, and how we remember acts of racism.
The Hidden Brain: The Cognitive Process of
What can social psychology reveal about multicultural creative processes? How do our unconscious biases influence our conduct? The hidden brain plays a powerful role in every domain of human behavior, from the law to politics, from sports to romance. Join us for a fun peek inside the brains of the characters you see onstage and learn to think about life through the lens of the hidden brain.
Jackie Sibblies Drury (Playwright) is based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been presented by Trinity Rep (Providence), Matrix Theatre (Los Angeles), Undermain Theatre (Dallas), InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia), Available Light Theatre (Columbus), Company One (Boston), and The Bush Theatre in London. Jackie’s plays have been developed at Sundance, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, A.C.T., PRELUDE.11, The Bushwick Starr, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, American Theater Company’s 10 x 10 Festival, and The Magic Theatre’s Virgin Play Festival. 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, had its New York premiere at Soho Rep and its world premiere at Chicago’s Ignition Festival in 2010 at Victory Gardens Theater.
Jackie received a 2012-2013 Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists. She was a member of the 2011-2012 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, a 2010-12 New York Theater Workshop Emerging Artist of Color Fellow, and a 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. She is also a NYTW Usual Suspect, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and is on committees to organize classes for Pataphysics Playwriting Workshops and The Public School New York. Jackie was recently awarded the Stavis Playwriting Award from the National Theater Conference and was commissioned to contribute to the apprentices’ show for the 2014 Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. She is a graduate of Brown University’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. Jackie is the inaugural recipient of the Jerome New York Fellowship at The LARK.
Michael John Garcés (Director) is the Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, where he recently directed Plumas Negras by Juliette Carrillo. He is also a Company Member at Woolly Mammoth, where he has directed The Convert by Danai Gurira, Oedipus el Rey by Luis Alfaro, and two plays by Craig Wright, Grace and Recent Tragic Events. Other recent credits include Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Motherfucker with the Hat at South Coast Repertory and a remount of The Convert at the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia. His production of red, black and GREEN: a blues by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, which premiered at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and was presented last year at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, will be seen again in Washington at the Kennedy Center in April.
The cast includes Woolly Company Member Dawn Ursula* and noted Washington actors Andreu Honeycutt*, Joe Isenberg*, Holly Twyford*, and Michael Anthony Williams*. The cast will also include Peter Howard*, who is a Company Member at Cornerstone Theater Company, a Los Angeles based company under the artistic direction of Michael John Garcés.
*Member, Actor’s Equity Association
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We Are Proud to Present… runs February 10, 2014 – March 9, 2013.
(Pay What You Can performances are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Weissberg Foundation.)
Tickets to We Are Proud to Present… start at $35 and can be purchased here.
Other Woolly ticket offers include:
Discount for First Responder Men & Women