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  We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudw at Steppenwolf Theatre

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudw

Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 N. Halsted Chicago

When a group of actors gathers together to give a presentation about a long-forgotten-or possibly never remembered-genocide, they realize that summaries based on history books aren't nearly enough to capture the complexity of human extermination-or human interaction. We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...tells the story of what happens when, in an effort to dig deeper, the nobly intentioned ensemble crashes into their own simmering fears and unconscious prejudices, coming face to face with the potential for brutality in all of us.

Thru - Mar 16, 2019



Price: $15 - $20

Stage: Upstairs Theatre

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 312-335-1650

Running Time: 1hr, 40mins; no intermission

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Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury's compelling piece of metatheatre bears an unwieldy title: "We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884 - 1915." But that mouthful reflects the complexity of what it covers - both the historical material and Drury's inventively oblique treatment of it."
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Kris Vire


Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Coping with difficult subject matter through humor only gets the actors so far before each begins to grapple with his or her role in giving voice to a forgotten people-or stifling it. That each member of the cast is primarily identified by his or her race drives home the play's main question of who has the right to tell certain stories. For Actor 6/Black Woman (Jennifer Latimore), discovering the Herero is the first time she recognizes her ancestors in a photo. This and other subsequent heartbreaking realizations by the cast reveal how consequences and symbols of oppression can devastate generations."
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Marissa Oberlander


NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...It’s been nearly five years since I first stepped foot inside the company’s utilitarian walls, and Jackie Sibblies Drury’s “We Are Proud to Present…” is without a doubt one of the most unflinching and edifying works I’ve seen here. That it should be found in the Upstairs Theatre and programmed into an unenviable, truncated slot, which competes for audiences with the mainstage production of Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2” and The Gift’s production of “Doubt” in 1700, as a part of the company’s educational arm, should neither surprise nor deter."
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Kevin Greene


Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...Steppenwolf's production, which is deftly co-directed by Hallie Gordon and Gabrielle Randle, shows so much sensitivity and guidance. The play itself, however, is a mixed bag. Some theatergoers will enjoy being witness to the creative process that's often employed in bringing a play to life. Others may find the spectacle confusing and frustrating. These patrons will wonder when they're going to see this "Presentation About the Herero of Namibia," because the production doesn't seem to support the play's title. Traveling the choppy waters between art and real life can be tricky; maneuvering betwixt the past and present, is also sometimes a slippery slope. But, when we finally reach the last scene of this play that emotional pinnacle is well worth the climb."
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Colin Douglas


Buzznews.net - Highly Recommended

"...We Are Proud to Present a Presentation... is a consequential work of art, reminiscent of Master Harold & The Boys and Miss Margarita's Way, which similarly trace the seemingly inevitable power of sinister social forces. Director Hallie Gordon (she co-directed it with Gabrielle Randle) says to reconstitute the account of the tribal people, the production called on the work of Toni Morrison and others who employ "critical fabulation" to reconstitute histories of lost peoples, as well as existentialists like Brecht and or Beckett."
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Bill Esler



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