We Are Proud
By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Eric Ting
Originally produced at Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, IL.
March 30, 2012 through April 29, 2012
About the Premiere Production: "Direct from IGNITION, the festival that brought you Pulitzer finalist The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, comes this brave new work that sent chills and laughter through this summer’s festival audiences. When a group of actors gather together to give a presentation on a distant genocide, they realize that summaries based on history books aren’t nearly enough to capture the complexity of human extermination—or human interaction. In an honest attempt to delve deeper, they crash into their own simmering fears and unconscious bigotry and come face to face with the potential for brutality in all of us. IGNITION, Victory Gardens daring and hugely successful new play development initiative, was conceived to support the theater’s mission of new play development and diversity. In the spring of 2010, 120 writers of color under 40 years of age from around the United States submitted new scripts for the first phase of IGNITION. The top six plays were then selected, workshopped and presented as staged readings in a weeklong festival later that same summer. From the top six, Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present... was selected to be part of Victory Gardens mainstage season."
Artistic Statement: In the play a group of black and white actors attempt to stage a dramatic response to genocide in Africa. In that process, they tap into an ugly collective unconscious that pushes contemporary racism to the forefront, eclipsing the initial historic event to be staged. Some of the worst excesses of American racism, including echoes of a minstrel show and a near-lynching are aspects of the script. For the artistic team, the work presents an unprecedented challenge: in committing to these characters onstage, they must also confront their own latent assumptions about race and responsibility as part of a creative team. The workshop has been revealing, awkward, and at times confrontational. The play has galvanized the acting company who have cleared their schedules each time we have been able to work together.
Director: Eric Ting
Associate Artistic Director: Sandy Shinner
Literary Manager: Aaron Carter
Stage Manager: Rita Vreeland
Cast: Karen Aldridge, Erin Neal, Aaron Roman Weiner, Jake Cohen, Kamal Angelo Bolden, Travis Turner
Additional Funders: Chicago Community Trust
Available Light Theatre
Columbus, OH, March 27 - April 12
New York, NY, November 7 - December 16, 2013
Theatre review: We Are Proud to Present
April 3, 2014
We Are Proud To Present A Favorable Review Of "We Are Proud To Present A Presentation..."
November 28, 2012
We Are Proud to Present...: From Cow Costumes to Genocide
The Village Voice
November 21, 2012
Acting Out a Blood Bath Brings Dangers of Its Own
The New York Times
November 16, 2012
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
November 11, 2012
No One is Done Nothing is Over: Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud To Present…
The Brooklyn Rail
November 6, 2012
Soho Rep's We Are Proud To Present; Full Cast Announced!
October 15, 2012
Soho Rep's We Are Proud to Present a Presentation… Will Feature Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Phillip James Brannon and More
October 11, 2012