UNCW Theatre Presents We are Proud to Present a Presentation…

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Department of Theatre continues the 2013-2014 season with 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, written by Jackie Sibblies Drury and directed by Dr. Anne Berkeley.

Ever wonder what it would be like to be in the rehearsal room when actors are mining their psyches or arguing over a character’s motivation? This play is about a group of actors exploring, devising, and rehearsing a production about what has been called the first genocide of the 20th century. It occurred when German colonialists in Africa exterminated members of two indigenous tribes. The play is set in a theatre and a rehearsal room and it looks improvisatory but it’s all scripted. Ironically, it’s very funny but as we know, many comedies are dead serious.

The actors never finish so the audience doesn’t see the presentation and only watches the increasingly tense rehearsals for it. The facts of the genocide are condensed into the overview and lecture (complete with crazy visual aids), in which the actors are referred to as “white man” and “another white man,” “black man” and “another black man,” etc.

UNCW welcomes back guest lighting designer Maria Shaplin, who previously designed The Glass Menagerie, and introduces guest lecturer and scenic designer Pegi Marshall-Amundsen. Costumes designed by Mark Sorensen.

We Are Proud to Present… runs February 13-16 and 20-23 in the Cultural Arts Building Mainstage Theatre. Show times are 8:00 PM Thursday through Saturday, with 2:00 PM matinees on Sundays. Tickets are $12 for members of the general public, $10 for seniors and UNCW employees, and $5 for students and children. They are available at the Kenan Box Office on campus by calling 910.962.3500, or on the website at www.uncw.edu/arts/box-office.html.

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