We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915

by Jackie Sibblies Drury
directed by Taibi Magar

Dowling Studio

Overview

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). 

Photos

Nike Kadri (Actor 6) and JaBen Early (Actor 2). Photo by Dan Norman.  

Nika Ezell Pappas (Actor 5), Lamar Jefferson (Actor 4) and Sam Bardwell (Actor 1). Photo by Dan Norman.  

Quinn Franzen (Actor 3), Lamar Jefferson (Actor 4), Nika Ezell Pappas (Actor 5), Sam Bardwell (Actor 1), Nike Kadri (Actor 6) and JaBen Early (Actor 2). Photo by Dan Norman.  

Lamar Jefferson (Actor 4), Nika Ezell Pappas (Actor 5), Sam Bardwell (Actor 1), Nike Kadri (Actor 6), Quinn Franzen (Actor 3) and JaBen Early (Actor 2). Photo by Dan Norman.  

Sam Bardwell (Actor 1), Nika Ezell Pappas (Actor 5), JaBen Early (Actor 2) and Quinn Franzen (Actor 3). Photo by Dan Norman.  

Artists

Cast

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

Creative

Director

Taibi Magar
Costume Designer Trevor Bowen
Sound Designer Katharine Horowitz
Dramaturg Jo Holcomb
Stage Manager Justin Hossle
Scenic Designer Michael Hoover
Lighting Designer Alan C. Edwards
Movement Director yon Tande
Vocal Coach Jeffery Meanza
Assistant Director Lindsey C. Samples

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