Discovery: A Comic Lament – Hesston, KS

Event Information

Event Type:
Open to Public

Event Date:
Feb 24, 2018

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

Hesston Mennonite Church

Event Description

Discovery: A Comic Lament – Hesston, KS

Discovery: A Comic Lament, is coming to Hesston Mennonite Church, on the campus of Hesston College, 309 S Main St, Hesston, KS 67062 on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the public as part of the Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series entitled "Before the unthinkable happens: Confronting our role in injustice."For more information about the week-end Series, follow this link. Sponsored by Hesston College.

The public is invited to join conference participants to attend this special event. Purchase tickets at the Hesston College Bookstore in advance or at the door for $12 per adult. Children and youth are free!

The play, starring Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne, and produced by Ted & Co, is 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.

Produced by Ted & Co, written by Alison Brookins, and directed by Phil Weaver-Stoesz. Created in partnership with the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition. Fiscal support through Mennonite Mission Network.