Discovery: A Comic Lament, is coming to Winnipeg! Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Home Street Mennonite Church, 318 Home St., Winnipeg, Manitoba. Admission is $7 — tickets available at butterflyjourneys.webs.com
Introducing the most recent addition to the Ted & Co family of plays! Discovery: A Comic Lament, starring Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne, and produced by Ted & Co, is a play about the Doctrine of Discovery, the legal framework that justifies theft of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples. It finds unexpected humor at the crossroads of justice and land use, offering both comic and challenging glimpses into the absurdity of white settler oppression of Indigenous Peoples and the land we live on. A show about love, and loss, of land, Discovery nudges us to question our stories with honesty and integrity.
So what happens when we find out there is a problem with the ground under our feet? When we acknowledge that the land we want to reconnect with was violently and unjustly emptied of indigenous peoples? When we learn about the continued oppression of these people?
This is a play about a big, foundational problem: how the land under our feet came to be under our feet. And it is about learning to face that problem with the energy that only shared laughter can create, so that we can move forward.
Following the play there will be opportunity for reflection, and a talk-back with the cast and playwright, facilitated by Dr. Elaine Enns, co-director of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries (Ventura County Watershed, CA). For the past decade, Elaine has focused on how restorative justice applies to historical and ecological violations, including issues of intergenerational trauma and healing.
Created in partnership with the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition, produced by Ted & Co, directed by Phil Weaver-Stoesz, and written by Alison Brookins.