We Are Proud To Present
Portland Premiere

We Are Proud To Present

March 8 - April 11, 2016
Morrison Stage

A presentation about the Herero of Namibia, formerly known as South West Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika, between the years 1884 – 1915

By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Kevin Jones

A multiracial cast of six idealistic actors sets out to improvise a story about the first colonial genocide of the 20th Century in Africa, but get lost in the reality of their undertaking. The unusual presentation, humor and inevitable discomfort of this provocative new play gripped theatre hubs like New York, Chicago, London, Washington D.C. and Seattle with its unique theatrical investigation of prejudice, power and perspective.

“90 minutes of original, enlightening, pulse-pounding theater… It’s absolutely thrilling … it is visceral, fiercely intelligent and entertaining.“

Backstage

This play uses irony, satire, racially charged language and symbolic violence to examine power, racism and perspective. We recommend this play for patrons 16 and older.

How can you take action and get involved in our community?

RaceTalksPDX
The Color of NOW
NAACP Portland
Spit/WRITE
Black Parent Initiative
August Wilson Red Door Project
SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) PDX

Suggested Reading

Why White People Freak Out When They’re Called Out About Race – ‘White fragility’ is a defensive response to real conversations about race by Sam Adler-Bell
READ HERE

What Does It Mean To Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy by Robin DiAngelo PhD
MORE HERE

An Open Letter to My White Friends by Kronda Adair
MORE HERE

Diversity Training

http://www.trainup.com/Diversity-Training/Online/2474

Learn more about We Are Proud to Present…

An ArtsEmerson interview with playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury HERE.
Download the study guide for this production HERE. A great resource for all!

Interviews

Oregon Public Broadcasting “State of Wonder”
by Aaron Scott with Kimberly Howard
LISTEN to this story, click the soundcloud link.

KBOO “Stage and Studio”
by guest host Alan Monticillo with director Kevin Jones and actors Chantal DeGroat and Chris Harder
LISTEN to this interview.

Morrison Stage

1515 SW Morrison St. Portland 97205

Press

“We Are Proud to Present… is a belly laugh and a gut punch.”

“…Hilarious Play About African Genocide Left the Audience Silent and in Tears”

“…a theatrical mic drop.”

Enid Spitz, Willamette Week

“This is why we need theatre.”

“…brings all of the feelings and conflicts surrounding race front and center. It makes them inescapable in a way that I think only live theatre can. It’s hard to ignore something when it’s right in front of you…”

“This production could not be so powerful without the work of Kevin Jones and the incredible cast…”

“It needs to be seen.”

Krista Garver, Broadway World

“You should absolutely see it.”

“…a play that takes on decades of systemic violence and racism from an elliptical, almost painfully intelligent script by Jackie Sibblies Drury, and with direction from Kevin Jones, who translates Drury’s controlled chaos to the stage with precision and pathos.”

“A punch in the face hurts for an instant, but it’s easily dismissed. The same cannot be said of palpable discomfort that seems novel, until you realize it’s the thing that’s always there, unnamed and perhaps kept quiet, but nonetheless underlying our collective experience…”

Megan Burbank, Portland Mercury

“…We Are Proud to Present is a scorpion of a play, and its tail packs a serious punch…”

“…a catharsis that left me gasping for breath…”

“The genius of We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 is that it gives its audience a “personal connection” to their conversations about race, and maybe it encourages them to find something new to think and say about it.”

Barry Johnson, Oregon Artswatch

“…you are only experiencing that Reality from your perspective. The true Reality may lie in the combined point of view of the group, or it may not truly ever be found in its entirety.”

“…a riveting conclusion, an unsettling crescendo, in which we seem to be looking at things through a glass darkly, until it rotates and becomes a mirror for us.” 

Dennis Sparks, Dennis Sparks Reviews

“James Baldwin once said, “Artists are here to disturb the peace.” When you sign on to see this play, be prepared for your peace to be disturbed. It’s well worth it.”

Judy Nedry, Judy Nedry Reviews

“Director Kevin Jones deftly navigates a difficult script, alternating outbursts of chaotic shouting with absurdist improv, complicated choreography and moments of deadly tension.”

“We can’t know what it was like to be the victims of history, but there is plenty of violence and suffering to be found in our own selves.”

Ben Waterhouse, The Oregonian

Cast

Joshua J. Weinstein
WHITE MAN / Actor 1
Vin Shambry
BLACK MAN / Actor 2
Chris Harder
ANOTHER WHITE MAN / Actor 3
Joseph Gibson
ANOTHER BLACK MAN / Actor 4
Rebecca James Ridenour
Sarah / Actor 5
Chantal DeGroat
Actor 6 / Black Woman

Creative

Production Team

Kristeen Willis
Scenic Designer
Peter West
Lighting Designer
Wanda Walden
Costume Designer
Matt Tabor
Composer
Jen Raynak
Composer / Sound Designer
Kemba Shannon
Choreographer
Jonathan Cole
Fight Choreographer
Chelsea Burwasser
Assistant Director
Will Bailey
Wardrobe
Jessica Evans Irvine
Production Assistant
Kira Atwood-Youngstrom
Production Assistant
Grace Owens
Production Intern
Dave Petersen
Live Sound Op

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