Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Defy convention
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We Are Proud to Present… will be presented with special support provided by Joan & David Maxwell.

Woolly Mammoth would also like to thank the following patrons for their generous support for We Are Proud to Present…

Catherine & Paul Armington
J. Chris Babb & James Martin
Miriam J. Cutler & Paul Salditt
The Greene-Milstein
  Family Foundation

Charlotte Hollister & Donald Clagett
William L. Hopkins &
  Richard Anderson

Lisa Martinez
National Endowment for the Arts
Sheldon & Barbara Repp
Patricia Smith
Irene & Alan Wurtzel
John & Cecilia Wyand
Margot & Paul Zimmerman

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is a participant in the Audience (R)Evolution Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American Theatre.

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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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For a unique experience we recommend seats in rows AAA-DDD which are bleacher seats located on the stage.

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…




“Devastatingly funny”
“Dangerous and primal and weird”
The Washington Post

“Culturally SHOCKING and emotionally STUNNING
“Mind-blowing and dangerously confusing”
“The MUST-SEE SHOW of the season”
DC Metro Theater Arts

“Stunning, fantastically funny, and emotionally exhausting”
“A brave new voice on the American theatre scene”
Maryland Theatre Guide

“Whichever way you lean, just remember to
pick your jaw off the floor before you leave the theatre.”
DC Theatre Scene 

“A powerful punch”
Broadway World

“Incredibly thought provoking…RAZOR SHARP SATIRE
Woman Around Town

“Disturbing and EXHILARATING
Brightest Young Things

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”
The New York Times

“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”
Chicago Tribune


“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.”

-Howard Shalwitz,
Artistic Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company



Show art by Carolyn Sewell.