We Are Proud to Present

February 21 - March 12, 2017 in the Dowling Studio

Find a seat. Any seat in the room. Watch carefully as an ensemble of six American actors -- three black and three white – begins to stage a presentation about a genocide in 1900s colonial Africa. As they earnestly (and comically) stumble through their artistic process, attempting to remain true to the events in the past, they unwittingly unpack a personal and political firestorm of racial dynamics in America in the present. And even the best intentions can’t save them.

Critics have called We Are Proud to Present “90 minutes of original, enlightening, pulse-pounding theater” (Backstage), “devastatingly funny…dangerous and primal,” (The Washington Post), and “impressive, disturbing and thought-provoking” (San Francisco Chronicle). 

Part of the Level Nine Series, devoted to community dialogue about today’s most significant topics and questions.


Tickets in the Dowling Studio are $9. Seating in the Dowling Studio is General Admission.

All prices and performances subject to change.


Each performance includes a community brainstorm or a discussion after the show.

Community Brainstorm
: After the show in the lobby, reflect upon what action our community can take to create a space for open and honest communal dialogue.

Post-Play Discussions
: Join Twin Cities community members and the We are Proud to Present creative team for a discussion about the everyday-life impact of colonialism and race.

February 21: Community Brainstorm
February 22: Community Brainstorm
February 23: Community Brainstorm
February 24: Post-Play Discussion
February 25: Post-Play Discussion
February 26: Community Brainstorm

February 28: Community Brainstorm
March 1: Community Brainstorm
March 2: Post-Play Discussion
March 3: Community Brainstorm
March 4 (matinee): Community Brainstorm
March 4 (evening): Post-Play Discussion
March 5: Community Brainstorm

March 7: Community Brainstorm
March 8: Community Brainstorm
March 9: Post-Play Discussion
March 10: Community Brainstorm
March 11 (matinee): Community Brainstorm
March 11 (evening): Post-Play Discussion
March 12: Community Brainstorm


ASL Performances
Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Audio Described Performances
Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Open Captioned Performances

Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.



Actor 1

Sam Bardwell 

Actor 2

JaBen Early 

Actor 3

Quinn Franzen 

Actor 4

Lamar Jefferson 

Actor 5

Nika Ezell Pappas 

Actor 6

Nike Kadri 


Director Taibi Magar

Scenic Designer Michael Hoover


Costume Designer Trevor Bowen

Lighting Designer Alan C. Edwards    

Sound Designer Katharine Horowitz

Movement Director yon Tande    

Dramaturg Jo Holcomb

Vocal Coach Jeffery Meanza


Stage Manager Justin Hossle

Assistant Director Lindsey C. Samples