InterAct Theatre stages ‘We Are Proud to Present’

Jackie Sibblies Drury wrote "We Are Proud to Present." Credit: InterAct Theatre
Jackie Sibblies Drury wrote “We Are Proud to Present.”
Credit: InterAct Theatre

When Jackie Sibblies Drury wrote her graduate thesis in playwriting, she had no expectation that it would ever be produced. She slapped an impossibly long title on the cover page, simply because the absurdity of it made her laugh. But, to her surprise, SoHo Rep decided to produce it the following year.

It was a hit.

And now Drury finds herself traveling all over the country to catch productions of the piece, including Philadelphia.

This weekend previews begin at InterAct Theatre Company for “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia Formerly Known as South West Africa from the German Sudwest Afrika.”

Why did you choose to write about the genocide of the Herero people in Namibia?
Actually, I was researching something completely different: a [famous] black German actor. I just happened to Google “black people” and “Germany.” The genocide kept popping up, and I went down the Internet rabbit hole reading about it. I was shocked that I didn’t know anything about it. I thought that I would be able to name the various genocides that happened in the modern era, but here was a humongous one committed by Germany in the 20th century, and I knew nothing about it.

Why do you think the Herero genocide is not more widely known?
I’m not sure. In part, I think that in America we don’t learn a ton of African history, or post-Colonial history. So I think it points to the lack of understanding about the African continent generally.

How did you come up with the idea of telling the story from the perspective of a troupe of actors creating a play about the Herero?
Years ago I was trying to write a historical piece about the Herero. I failed. I didn’t capture the people that lived through this drama in any sort of accurate way. I became really interested in how difficult it is to portray what you yourself have not experienced, and that idea became more interesting to me than piece I was originally trying to write.

“We Are Proud to Present”
InterAct Theatre Company
Adrienne Theater
2030 Sansom St.
Oct. 18-Nov. 10
$15-$36, 215-568-8077
www.interacttheatre.org



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.