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UMass Theater Tour to South Africa

$4,085
102%
Raised toward our $4,000 Goal
69 Donors
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Project ended on March 23, at 11:59 PM EDT
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UMass Theater Tour to South Africa

This summer, an ensemble of graduate and undergraduate students in the UMass Theater Department plans to travel to South Africa to present Jackie Sibblies-Drury’s powerful play, 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.  

We Are Proud​... is both humorous and haunting, and centers around a group of actors attempting to dramatize the first genocide of the 20th century.  As they wrestle with issues of racial representation, they encounter their own biases and limitations and realize that the issues in their play hit very close to home.  In the same way, the production speaks to contemporary racial discourse that is happening on the UMass campus, in communities and across campuses nationwide, and even across the world.  We are grateful to be working on an artistic project that invites productive dialogue about these concerns and we are proud to represent UMass as we engage this dialogue on an international level in South Africa.

Our journey began in the fall, when we first mounted our production in a small space in the Department of Theater.  We performed to sold-out audiences and were inspired by transformational talkback sessions after each show.  Due to the show's success, our ensemble was invited to re-mount the production for a 3-week performance run at UMass in February and invited to tour our show to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, in July of 2016.  

The Grahamstown festival is the largest arts festival in the southern hemisphere and the second largest theater festival in the world (second only to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival).  We are incredibly excited about the opportunity to share our work with an international audience and to learn more about the culture and history of South Africa.   We look forward to continuing the dialogues we began at UMass with our international counterparts.

We are requesting your support in funding the airfare ($1299 per student) to South Africa for the 11 students who are part of our cast and production team.  We are working to solicit support from our University administration to help with further production costs, yet we still anticipate shortfall for this large undertaking.  Please consider supporting our work in creating theater for social transformation.

 

 

Our way
of Thanking You

$10

Lighting a Spark!

We will send you a personalized email thank you for your generosity and a photo from our trip!

15 of 1000 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: July 2016

$25

Fanning the Flame!

We will send you a personalized email thank you with a digital photo essay from our trip!

14 of 1000 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: July 2016

$50

Spreading Fire!

We will send you a postcard featuring a photo from our trip and signed by our ensemble members, share a digital photo essay, and send you a personalized email thank you!

11 of 1000 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: August 2016

$100

Carrying the Torch!

We will send you a vlog thank you from our cast featuring select footage from our trip, share a digital photo essay with you, and send you a personalized email thank you!

8 of 1000 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: July 2016

$250

Inspiring luminosity!

We will send you a personal email thank you, send you vlog updates from our trip and invite you to a special presentation and discussion with our creative team sharing our experiences from South Africa.

4 of 25 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: August 2016

$1,000

Igniting Transformation!

We will send you a personal email thank you, send you vlog updates from our trip and invite you to a special presentation and discussion with our creative team sharing our experiences from South Africa. We will also have complimentary tickets for you and an invited guest to attend one of the UMass Department of Theater's mainstage theater productions during the 2016-2017 season along with a special backstage tour.

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Estimated Delivery: September 2016
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