We Are Proud to Present…

Directed by Desdemona Chiang

An Emotionally Charged Journey Into the Past

In the rehearsal room, a performance piece on a little-known episode of early 20th century genocide takes a jolting turn when the actors - three black and three white - tap into personal resentments and ingrained prejudices. Tensions mount as they expose more of themselves than they ever wanted to.

Age Recommendation

This piece is daring and unconventional in its storytelling. It features adult language as well as racially charged language and situations that may make patrons uncomfortable. It is intended for mature audiences. We recommend this play for patrons 16 and older.

“90 minutes of original, enlightening, pulse-pounding theater”


“a genuine thunderbolt … devastatingly funny … dangerous and primal”

The Washington Post

“incendiary” “inventive” “impressively navigates the tricky boundaries that separate art and life, the haunted present and the haunting historical past”

The New York Times


At PlayMakers, Shows Ripped From Tomorrow’s Headlines
By Aaron Keck
March 5, 2016

PlayMakers Rep’s Stellar Cast and Crew Make ‘We Are Proud to Present…’ a Must See Drama
By Diana McQueen
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
March 2, 2016


PlayMakers delivers thoughtful look at privilege and prejudice
By Roy C. Dicks
The News & Observer
February 29, 2016

PlayMakers’ ‘We Are Proud’ is powerful and necessary
By Morgan Howard
The Daily Tar Heel
February 28, 2016

PlayMakers’ We Are Proud to Present… is Brisk, Nail-biting Theatre
By Jackson Cooper
Classical Voice of North Carolina
February 27, 2016

Theater Director Desdemona Chiang Holds Up a Mirror, Not a Moral, for White America
By Caitlin Wells
March 2, 2016

In We Are Proud to Present…, a Play About African Genocide Forces the Actors to Confront Racism
By Robert W. McDowell
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
February 22, 2016

PlayMakers is Proud to Present “We Are Proud to Present…”
By Aaron Keck
February 13, 2016