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, by Jackie Sibblies Drury, is a provocative play that explores the personal and creative challenges faced by a group of actors attempting to recreate the story of a little-known genocide of the Herero people in Southwest Africa. In the process of devising the presentation, these young and enthusiastic collaborators confront the limits of their own empathy while trying to make sense of humanity’s ability to commit horrific acts. Their creative investigation not only awakens a hunger to tell the story accurately; but also unleashes unexpected impulses rooted in a collective history of racial oppression and violence.
According to the director, April Daras, “the play forces us to confront and consider how a history of oppression influences our lives today. How we see and identify ourselves individually and collectively is influenced by our shared history. The influential forces of history, recognized or hidden, affect us. They have power over how we see and understand others. They also influence our daily interactions and shape our choices about where we live, who we have relationships with, and how we imagine the future of our world.”