How was your experience?
Everyone will walk away from this show moved, educated and will great self-reflection, especially artists and primarily artists of color. On the surface the play is a company of actors reenactment the German genocide of the Herero people of Namibia, but the play really hits issues of artists' responsibility. The six actors, 3 Caucasian and 3 African American question the artist's responsibility to rely on fact and documentation or fictionalizing history to shed light on important historical events. When telling an ethnic story, who is able to speak on behalf of the people, those who are of the piece's ethnicity or does it matter as long as the story is told? When is it appropriate to ignore cultural sensitivity to portray a story? Has the fight for racial equality on the stage clouded the true purpose of storytelling? Artistically, the writing, acting and directing superbly come together. What starts off as self-indulgent actors struggling to find motivation and depth to their acting transforms into a heartbreaking and at times humorous performance that hits subjects that I've often discussed in the rehearsal room.