I’d Like to Buy an Enemy – Harrisonburg, VA

Event Information

Event Type:
Open to Public

Event Date:
Jun 07, 2013

Event Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

EMU Main Stage Theater

Event Description

I’d Like to Buy an Enemy – Harrisonburg, VA

Sponsored by Eastern Mennonite University's Summer Peacebuilding Institute, I'd Like to Buy an Enemy is coming to the EMU's Main Stage Theater in Harrisonburg, VA on June 7, 2013 at 7:30pm.

Admission free to SPI participants, $10 admission at the door for non-SPI attendees.

(Due to another event happening at EMU Commons on June 7, we suggest parking in the EMU library parking lot. Please enter the theater at the south entrance rather than from inside the Commons.)

Starring Ted & Company actors Ted Swartz and Tim Ruebke, this thought-provoking show allows us to laugh at ourselves,while engaging us to think about the place of the US in the world, to confront the fear that is such a large part of our culture, and to consider how we can work for peace and justice in this country and in the world. A talk-back with Ted and Tim will follow the performance.

In this hilarious and poignant satire we find a talking banana sharing his personal story about fair trade practices, we witness the brain responding using both its rational and impulse-driven parts, and are welcomed into the shop of a persuasive salesperson who insists on our need to buy an enemy to ensure “optimistic living and comfortable maintenance of the American Dream.”

You will certainly laugh, but you will also be challenged to reflect on the biases and unjust practices that pervade the American mentality, and be energized to find creative ways to address issues of peace and justice in your communities and beyond.  It is a show that speaks across religions, denominations, generations and backgrounds, for people who aim to be the change we seek.