A collection of sharp, innovative plays by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Fairview.
Jackie Sibblies Drury has established herself as a bold and formally innovative writer whose work upends expectations of what theater can be and should do. Her layered, complex plays deftly explore the ways in which the white gaze works to reduce and marginalize Black lives.
This new collection gathers four of her plays: Really, Marys Seacole, Social Creatures, and 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. In these works, comedy and tragedy hover side by side as the personal meets the political and the past meets the present. Each work is a reckoning, both with the looming specter of history, but also with the performative and fractured self.
"[A] stylishly contemplative new play...it asks provocative questions about the value of what is seen in pictures that freeze fleeting moments for posterity." —New York Times on Really
"What could have been a simple relationship drama with flashbacks emerges as an unnerving study of art as pollution, distraction from a world fast evolving beyond aesthetics." —Time Out on Really
“…breathless and radiant… a dazzling hall of mirrors… [Marys Seacole] turns chronology inside out, erasing distinctions between past and present that make progress, on some levels, feel like a myth. At the same time, the play scrambles our notions of sacrifice and selfishness, as they apply to the cherished perception of women as caregivers. …Ms. Drury gloriously confirms her status as a playwright for whom the long view is disturbingly, divertingly and endlessly kaleidoscopic.” —New York Times on Marys Seacole
“…powerful, densely layered… [Marys Seacole] immediately gives us that little thrill of delight that comes from the incongruous. …Marys Seacole is in many ways an act of remembrance for the unremembered. It’s a fierce, complex eulogy and…an exhortation to see both past and present better.” —New York Magazine on Marys Seacole
"A genuine thunderbolt...devastatingly funny...dangerous and primal and weird." —Washington Post on We Are Proud to Present…
"90 minutes of original, enlightening, pulse-pounding theater...this fiercely intelligent work manages to be both a comic spoof of the rehearsal process and a devastating dramatization of how easy it is for human beings to do horrifying things to each other. It’s absolutely thrilling." —Backstage on We Are Proud to Present…
"Explores, in darkly comic metaphor, the destructive power of racism and privilege." —Time Out on Social Creatures
"Quirky, fresh and supersmart." —Providence Journal on Social Creatures
"Explores, in darkly comic metaphor, the destructive power of racism and privilege."~Time Out on Social Creatures