Jackie Sibblies Drury in Conversation with Danielle Bainbridge

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 11:45am to 1:45pm
Dept. of African American Studies See map
81 Wall St., Room 201
New Haven

Jackie Sibblies Drury is a playwright whose brilliant, self-reflexive plays elucidate the ways in which social divisions continue to frame and fracture our work and our world. 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 premiered in 2012 to universal acclaim and won an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. The meta-theatrical play recreates an acting company’s bumbling and often tense efforts to compose a show about colonialist genocide. Drury’s follow-up production Social Creatures (2013), commissioned by Trinity Repertory Company of Providence, projects her concerns into an apocalyptic future, when a group of survivors hiding from a deadly pandemic quarantine an African-American stranger seeking to share their company.  Drury has been the inaugural recipient of the Lark Jerome New York Fellowship, a New Dramatists Van Lier Fellow, and a New York Theater Workshop Emerging Artist of Color Fellow. Her one-act and now I only dance at weddings was staged as part of the 38th Humana Festival’s show “Remix 38” in April 2014.

From the Windham-Campbell Literary Prizes web site: http://windhamcampbell.org/2015/winner/jackie-sibblies-dr

Danielle Bainbridge is a Ph.D. candidate in African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a B.A. in English and Theatre Arts, Cum Laude. Danielle’s past research has included comparative work on African American and Caribbean theatre. Her senior thesis, “The Two Women Shook Hands”: A Dramaturgical Reading of Michelle Cliff’s No Telephone to Heaven and Sistren’s Lionheart Gal,” received the Rose Award for outstanding senior thesis from UPenn’s Center for Undergraduate Research. Areas of interest include: African American & Caribbean Theatre, Postcolonial Theory, Performance, Literary Criticism, mid-19th century to contemporary representations of black life in performance, and Black Feminist Theory.

Read more about Danielle Bainbridge:  http://afamstudies.yale.edu/people/danielle-bainbridgeury