Soho Rep presents the New York premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury's 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, directed by Eric Ting. The 13-time OBIE-winning theater presents We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…,in association with John Adrian Selzer, from November 7 to December 2, 2012. Soho Rep will also offer FEED companion programming throughout the run; see details below.
We Are Proud to Present a Presentation… will run November 7 – December 2 at Soho Rep (46 Walker Street). Performances will take place Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 P.M., with an additional matinee on Saturdays at 3:00 P.M. Tickets, which run $20 - $35 (with $0.99 Sunday tickets offered for performances on November 18 and 25), are available at www.sohorep.org and 212.352.3101. Critics are welcome as of Saturday, November 10 for an official opening on Tuesday, November 13.
We are Proud to Present a Presentation… is a humorous and harrowing work by a fierce new theatrical voice: the playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury, a member of Soho Rep's 2011-2012 Writer / Director Lab. In the play, a troupe of American actors stumble over questions of authenticity and appropriation as they attempt to reconstruct the little-known first genocide of the 20th Century – and land in an exploration that hits closer to home.
For the New York premiere at Soho Rep, Sibblies Drury and Ting have devised an environmental new staging that will transform Soho Rep's oft-reconfigured Tribeca home. The play had its world premiere at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater earlier this year.
The New York premiere features Quincy Tyler Bernstine (born bad at Soho Rep, Ruined at MTC, Vibrator Play at Lincoln Center / Broadway) as Black Woman, Lauren Blumenfeld (Six Degrees of Separation at Williamstown) as Actor 5/Sarah, Phillip James Brannon (The Ballad of Emmet Till at the Goodman Theatre, Elmina's Kitchen at Congo Square, Amadeus at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) as Actor 4/Another Black Man, Grantham Coleman (Romeo & Juliet at Actors Theatre of Louisville) as Actor 2/Black Man, Jimmy Davis (Walworth Farce at Studio Theater DC) as Actor 3/Another White Man and Erin Gann (The Aliens at Rattlestick) as Actor 1/White Man,
We are Proud to Present a Presentation… features sets by Mimi Lien, costumes by Toni-Leslie James, lights by Lenore Doxsee, sound by Chris Giarmo, projections by Jeff Larson, and fights by J. David Brimmer.
Through the FEED program, which offers post-performance events aimed at enriching the audience's experience of the work on stage, Soho Rep will offer several events during the run of We Are Proud To Present a Presentation….
Friday, November 9: Creative Team Talk – Members of the creative team discuss their conception of the production. Moderated by Raphael Martin, Soho Rep's Literary & Humanities Manager
Thursday, November 15: What is Meta-Theater ? – A panel discussion with Mark Russell (Festival Artistic Director, Under The Radar), Young Jean Lee (Playwright), Helga Davis (Performer, Einstein on the Beach, Jomama Jones Radiate) regarding this topic and how it relates to both their work and We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…. Panel curated and moderated by Hilton Als (The New Yorker).