Thu, November 10, 20167:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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
Ellsworth Theatre | Free and open to the public
In the play (also known in short as "We Are Proud to Present..."), six young people, all with different understanding about race in America, come together to create a performance about the genocide of the Herero, but to do so they must investigate how an annihilation of a people happened. Despite good intentions, friendship, and denial, they uncover deep-seated beliefs stemming from our own legacy of slavery and white, male domination, proving that we might never be free from racism, but we cannot continue to ignore it. There is no winner here, but even the audience gets included in uncomfortably funny and familiar touchy moments and the horrific feeling of failure at the end. In this time of political upheaval, it is important to remember what our country was built on, and how much building and repair is left to do. The intention of showcasing this challenging play is to create a friendly opening for constructive dialogue around racism in our society; audiences will be invited to stay and engage in the post-show conversation and think about next steps in our interactive lobby.