Discovery: A Comic Lament – Winnipeg, MB

Event Information

Event Type:
Open to Public

Event Date:
Jul 25, 2019

Event Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Canadian Mennonite University, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd (South Campus)

Event Description

Discovery: A Comic Lament – Winnipeg, MB

Discovery: A Comic Lament, is coming to Winnipeg on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Canadian Mennonite University, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd, Winnipeg, MB! Admission is $20 for the show. Sponsored by Bridgefolk for the 18th annual Bridgefolk conference. Purchase tickets online here.

Starring Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne, Discovery: A Comic Lamentlooks at love of land, loss of land, and what it means to “own” something.

Chris has farmed the land his grandmother found as a home in Kansas after fleeing Russia almost 100 years ago; his daughter Riley is learning more and more about who was on that same land before her Oma arrived, and the jarring connections she has to the fate of those people. We follow Chris and Riley as they navigate their changing relationship to each other and to the land their family has farmed for several generations.

Interspersed with their story are vignettes examining how “ownership” has come to be defined in the US and Canada. Diving into historical documents, absurd situations, and extended metaphors, the audience discovers how the Doctrine of Discovery (the legal framework that justifies theft of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples) is still being used and causing harm today.

Discovery: A Comic Lament provides a starting point for further conversation: What does it mean to “own” something? What is the relationship between “owning” and “taking” — and what is the relationship between “ownership” and (taking) responsibility?

Produced by Ted & Co, written by Alison Brookins, and created in partnership with the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition.

More information about the show here.