Jackie Sibblies Drury is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Her plays include 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, Really, Social Creatures and And now I only dance at weddings. The presenters of her plays include Soho Rep, New York City Players & Abrons Arts Center, Victory Gardens, Trinity Rep, Matrix Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Undermain Theatre, InterAct Theatre, Actors Theater of Louisville, Available Light, Company One, and The Bush Theatre in London. Drury has developed her work at Sundance, The Bellagio Center, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, A.C.T., The Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, New York Theatre Workshop, PRELUDE.11&14, The Civilians, The Bushwick Starr, The LARK, The Magic Theatre, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival and The MacDowell Colony. She was a dramaturg for Zero Cost House by Pig Iron Theatre Company & Toshiki Okada and The Garden by Nichole Canuso Dance Company. She received the 2012-2014 Jerome Fellowship at The LARK and a 2015 Windham-Campbell Literary Prize in Drama. She is a 2015 United States Artists Gracie Fellow and a NYTW Usual Suspect.
A piece about artists, legacy and photography. REALLY asks what do we try to leave behind, what do we actually leave behind, and how do we deal with being left.
Premiered with The New York City Players at Abrons Arts Center (March 2016). Developed at Sundance Theatre Lab, Van Lier Residency at New Dramatists, and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab (2012).
''an unnerving study of art as pollution, distraction from a world fast evolving beyond aesthetics.'' - Time Out New York CRITICS' PICK
"stylishly contemplative...[Ms. Drury] asks provocative questions about the value of what is seen in pictures that freeze fleeting moments for posterity...Magic has happened, and it’s as unsettling as it is irrefutable. Does any photograph do justice to the reality it tries to capture?... The focused mind reels. REALLY is unusually clearsighted about the ambiguities of its subject." - The New York Times
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
When a group of actors gather to give a presentation on a distant genocide, they realize that summaries are not enough. In their attempt to delve into history they struggle with stereotype, fear, and their own personal histories — uncovering the potential for brutality in all of us.
World premiere at IGNITION/Victory Gardens, Chicago (Spring 2012) and New York premiere at Soho Rep (Fall 2012), both directed by by Eric Ting. Subsequent productions at The Matrix, LA (2013), and InterAct Theater (Fall 2013). Developed at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2011).
Recipient of 2013 OBIE Award. Top Ten of New York 2012 by New York Magazine.
“Too few women playwrights deal directly with politics in the their work. Some may have bought into the cliché that women are better at writing character than they are at writing plot – and what is politics if not plot-driven? Jackie Sibblies Drury refutes this notion, and so much else, in her grand play WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT…The show provides a thrilling opportunity to see both a serious new talent developing her voice and what an inspiring director can do to encourage it. The piece is about theatre, and how to “play” politics onstage – the politics, in this case, being the history of conquest and colonization in Namibia….Ting is a magician who doesn’t have to pull anything out of a hat: it’s all there in the script. What he’s terrific at is making stage pictures that no only frame Drury’s big thoughts and bigger imagination but ground them so that the actors can take off.” – The New Yorker
“Simultaneously funny and disturbing, this is one of the best shows of the year.” – Flavorpill
“…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…We should be grateful to Soho Rep for showcasing this promising writer, her talented director, and their vital, important play.”– Backstage
It’s the end of the world. Seven survivors are holed up in a familiar building, barricaded against contagion — and whatever else might be trying to get in. As they try to preserve civilization at all costs, one of their own begins to turn. . . into one of them.
Premiered at Trinity Rep (Spring 2013).
SOCIAL CREATURES is like nothing on the theater scene today. It is thought-provoking and intense, winding 135 minutes without intermission. But, it is completely enthralling and a must-see.” – The Sun Chronicle
“In her brilliant SOCIAL CREATURES now in its inaugural run at Trinity Rep, Drury has us laughing through tears as she takes on capitalism, racism and the changing world order…Her play is a zany, crazy-quilt of impressions, all set in a post-apocalyptic Providence where zombies roam the streets and the few remaining humans have barricaded themselves in Trinity Rep. It’s quirky, fresh and super-smart, one of the best things Trinity has done this season.” – Providence Journal