WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT...


By Jackie Sibblies Drury

An idealistic theatre ensemble comprised of 3 black actors and 3 white actors rehearses a devised piece that tells the little-known story of what is regarded as the first genocide of the 20th century perpetrated by the German Empire upon the Herero and Nama indigenous people of German Southwest Africa (now Namibia). But as the ensemble seeks to find a unified voice and common ground, their own cultural proclivities and prejudices threaten to boil over and redirect their idealism into the all-too common territory of racial tension. Hilarious and audacious in its presentation, audiences should expect to laugh so hard it will hurt, but for many, probably uncomfortably so. 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 is an unforgettable night of theater.

Produced by Street Corner Arts
Hyde Park Theatre — Austin, Texas

COLLABORATORS

Creative Team

  • Director Liz Fisher
  • Assistant Director / Dramaturg Indiia Wilmott
  • Stage Manager Ashton Bennett Murphy
  • Producers Jeremy Brown, Paul Feinstein, Rommel Sulit, A. Skola Summers, Benjamin Summers
  • Scenic Design Chris Conard
  • Lighting Design Megan Reilly
  • Costume / Props Design Aaron Flynn
  • Sound Design Nick Hart

Cast

  • Judd Farris as Actor 1
  • Matrex Kilgore as Actor 2
  • Zac Carr as Actor 3
  • Jeremy Rashad Brown as Actor 4
  • Amelia Turner as Actor 5
  • Valoneecia Tolbert as Actor 6

PRAISE FOR WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT

Press

We Are Proud to Present Press

“This production is more than exceptional theatre; it asks thought-provoking questions about authority, perspective, and intention…For those who only check reviews for a quick verdict, here it is: winner. Street Corner Arts’ production of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play-with-the-very-long-name has some of the best ensemble work and direction (by Liz Fisher) that you’ll see in Austin. ”
         — Elizabeth Cobbe, Austin Chronicle

“This production and these performances shook me so deeply that I woke up suddenly after only two hours of sleep that same night, realizing that my mind and emotions had been in struggle in my subconscious , trying to formalize the very opening paragraphs written above. I left words scrawled and almost illegible in a notebook on my desk, where I’ve been avoiding them now for the last five days. The hurt hasn’t yet healed, but We Are Proud to Present is initially so entertaining and then such a conflagration of our unconscious assumptions that it is vital, necessary and ultimately inescapable theatre. ”
         — Michael Meigs, Central Texas Live Theatre

WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT… is a truly transformative experience both teaching audience members, while giving voice to others about the darker periods of human history.

         — Amy Tarver, BroadwayWorld.com

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