In response to extraordinary critical acclaim and popular demand, Soho Rep, in association with John Adrian Selzer, extends 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, to Sunday, December 9.
Until the end of the initially announced closing, on Sunday, December 2, performances will place nightly at 7:30 P.M., and on Saturday at 3:00 P.M. The extension comprises performances Wednesday-Sunday, December 5-9, at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are $35 for general admission ($15 student rush), and can be purchased by visiting www.sohorep.org or calling 212.352.3101. Soho Rep is located at 46 Walker Street in Manhattan.
Charles Isherwood of The New York Times calls We Are Proud to Present a Presentation… "an inventive new play" with "incendiary results" that "impressively navigates the tricky boundaries that separate art and life." Time Out New York's HeLen Shaw declares the play "extraordinary," giving it a much-coveted Critics' Pick. Dan Bacalzo's Theatermania review describes the show as "a fascinating peek into the charged group dynamics that can play out in the creation of theater. He adds, "The work's conclusion is likely to leave audiences feeling stunned."
In Backstage, critic Clifford Lee Johnson proclaims the play to be "90 minutes of original, enlightening, pulse-pounding theater," and "absolutely thrilling." Johnson continues, saying, "We should be grateful to Soho Rep. for showcasing this promising writer, her talented director, and their vital, important play."
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 has transformed 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.