Direct from Ignition, the festival that brought you Pulitzer finalist The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, comes We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South-West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915, a brave new work that sent chills and laughter through this summer's festival audiences.
When a group of actors gather together to give a presentation on a distant genocide, they realize that summaries based on history books aren't nearly enough to capture the complexity of human extermination--or human interaction. In an honest attempt to delve deeper, they crash into their own simmering fears and unconscious bigotry and come face to face with the potential for brutality in all of us.
Ignition, Victory Gardens daring and hugely successful new play development initiative, was conceived to support the theater's mission of new play development and diversity. In the spring of 2010, 120 writers of color under 40 years of age from around the United States submitted new scripts for the first phase of Ignition. The top six plays were then selected, work shopped and presented as staged readings in a week long festival later that same summer. From the top six, Jackie Sibblies Drury's We Are Proud to Present... was selected to be part of Victory Gardens main stage season.