Discovery: A Comic Lament – Fresno, CA

Event Information

Event Type:
Open to Public

Event Date:
Feb 16, 2018

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

North Fresno Church

Event Description

Discovery: A Comic Lament – Fresno, CA

Discovery: A Comic Lament, is coming to Fresno, CA at North Fresno Church, 5724 N. Fresno St., Fresno, CA 93710, on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm. General admission is $10 - $5 for children and students. For tickets, follow this link. Sponsored by Fresno Pacific University Theater Department, Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Fresno Pacific University, West Coast Mennonite Central Committee, Full Circle Project, Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference, Reedley Peace Center, Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary Center for Anabaptist Studies.

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.

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 their continued oppression? And, what is our role, as people of faith, and inheritors of a system of land ownership based on theft?

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.