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 by Jackie Sibblies Drury

“This is some Out-of-Africa-African-Queen-bullshit y’all are pulling right here, OK?”

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, Blake Hackler as Actor 3, Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, Blake Hackler as Actor 3, Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.

A Regional Premiere Directed by Dylan Key

March 22 – April 19, 2014 at Undermain Theatre

A troupe of young actors gears up to portray the extermination of the Herero tribe of Namibia. They’re passionate. Energetic. They’ve got piles of research. But what do they really know about being black Africans under German colonization? Is it possible to identify with the victims of history? What about the villains? There is danger in the game they’re playing, and fraught racial histories threaten to tear the troupe apart. As the actors dive further in, this inventive new play from Jackie Sibblies Drury (named a “Top Ten” show by New York Magazine) becomes a hilarious and head-spinning nightmare of identity.

Cast and Creatives

Jackie Sibblies Drury Playwright

Jackie Sibblies Drury
Playwright

Dylan Key

Dylan Key
Director

Bruce DuBose

Bruce DuBose
Sound Designer

Millicent Johnnie Choreographer

Millicent Johnnie
Choreographer

Linda Noland Properties Designer

Linda Noland
Properties Designer

Claudia Stephens Costume Designer

Claudia Stephens
Costume Designer

Robert Winn Scenic Designer

Robert Winn
Scenic Designer

Steve Woods Lighting Designer

Steve Woods
Lighting Designer

Cast

Jake Buchanan Actor 1/White Man

Jake Buchanan
Actor 1/White Man

Blake Hackler Actor 3/Another White Man

Blake Hackler
Actor 3/Another White Man

Shannon Kearns

Shannon Kearns-Simmons
Actor 5/Sarah

Ivuoma Okoro Actor 6/Another Sarah

Ivuoma Okoro
Actor 6/Another Sarah

Christopher Dontrell Piper Actor 2/Black Man

Christopher Dontrell Piper
Actor 2/Black Man

Bryan Pitts Actor 4/Another Black Man

Bryan Pitts
Actor 4/Another Black Man

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Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6.

Pictured, Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6.

Pictured, L to R: Blake Hackler as Actor 3, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.

Pictured, L to R: Blake Hackler as Actor 3, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, and Jake Buchanan as Actor 1.

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, and Jake Buchanan as Actor 1.

Piper as Actor 2, and Jake Buchanan as Actor 1.

Piper as Actor 2, and Jake Buchanan as Actor 1.

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, Blake Hackler as Actor 3, Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, Blake Hackler as Actor 3, Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.

Pictured, L to R: Bryan Pitts, and Christopher Dontrell Piper.

Pictured, L to R: Bryan Pitts, and Christopher Dontrell Piper.

Pictured, L to R: Blake Hackler as Actor 3, and Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6.

Pictured, L to R: Blake Hackler as Actor 3, and Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, and Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, and Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6.

Pictured: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Blake Hackler as Actor 3, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.

Pictured, L to R: Blake Hackler as Actor 3, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 5, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 5, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, and Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, and Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, and Jake Buchanan as Actor 1.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, and Jake Buchanan as Actor 1.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Bryan Pitts as Actor 4.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Bryan Pitts as Actor 4.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, and Jake Buchanan as Actor 1.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, and Jake Buchanan as Actor 1.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, and Blake Hackler as Actor 3.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, and Blake Hackler as Actor 3.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, and Jake Buchanan as Actor 1.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, and Jake Buchanan as Actor 1.

Pictured, foreground, L to R: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, and Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6.

Pictured, foreground, L to R: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, and Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6.

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured: Blake Hackler as Actor 3.

Pictured: Blake Hackler as Actor 3.

Pictured, L to R: Blake Hackler as Actor 3, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.

Pictured, L to R: Blake Hackler as Actor 3, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.

Pictured, L to R: Blake Hackler as Actor 4, and Jake Buchanan as Actor 1.

Pictured, L to R: Blake Hackler as Actor 4, and Jake Buchanan as Actor 1.

Pictured, L to R: Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Bryan Pitts as Actor 4, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Blake Hackler as Actor 3, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Blake Hackler as Actor 3, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, Blake Hackler as Actor 3.

Pictured, L to R: Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, Blake Hackler as Actor 3.

Pictured, foreground, L to R: Blake Hackler as Actor 3, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, and Jake Buchanan as Actor 1.

Pictured, foreground, L to R: Blake Hackler as Actor 3, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, and Jake Buchanan as Actor 1.

Pictured: Ensemble.

Pictured: Ensemble.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, and Blake Hackler as Actor 3.

Pictured, L to R: Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, and Blake Hackler as Actor 3.

Pictured, L to R: Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, and Blake Hackler as Actor 3.

Pictured, L to R: Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, Ivuoma Okoro as Actor 6, Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, Shannon Kearns as Actor 5, and Blake Hackler as Actor 3.

Pictured, center: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, center: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Jake Buchanan as Actor 1, and Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2.

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, Blake Hackler as Actor 3, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.

Pictured, L to R: Christopher Dontrell Piper as Actor 2, Blake Hackler as Actor 3, and Shannon Kearns as Actor 5.