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Texas Tech School of Theatre & Dance Presents ‘We Are Proud to Present … ’

Cory Norman

November 22, 2017

Herero of Namibia

The play-within-a-play explores the decimation of the Herero people in turn-of-the-century colonial Africa through a modern day acting troupe.

We are proud to present...
We are proud to present...

Texas Tech University School of Theatre & Dance will present a play-within-a-play Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 in the Charles E. Maedgen Jr. Mainstage Theatre.

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 Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915," explores the experiences of a present-day acting troupe that comes together to create a performance about the little-known decimation of the Herero people in turn-of-the-century Africa.

Herero of Nambia
Students Zach Haile and Thomas Kay

As the troupe stumbles through their increasingly charged rehearsals, the performers begin to unravel the thorny knot of race and power that reaches from Südwestafrika to modern America. At turns darkly comedic, wildly theatrical and deeply moving, "We Are Proud to Present ... " explores how the echoes of a forgotten history reverberate today.

Jesse Jou, assistant professor of directing in the School of Theatre & Dance and director of the production, said the play is a roller coaster that takes the audience from moments that are hilariously absurd to starkly terrifying.

"Although the six characters in the play go into their project with the best intentions of wanting to shed light on a horrible genocide about which most of us don't know, they quickly discover that much of what is unresolved in our past is tangled with our present," he said. "The play asks challenging questions about race, history and whose stories get told."

Curtain times for the 2017-2018 Mainstage Theatre season are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets for the show are $18 for individuals and $5 for students with a valid student ID. A limited number of free student rush tickets are available for Texas Tech students.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit here or call (806) 742-3603.

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