We Own This Now – Elgin, IL

Event Information

Event Type:
Open to Public

Event Date:
Feb 29, 2020

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

Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren

Event Description

We Own This Now – Elgin, IL

We Own This Now is coming to Elgin, IL! It will be performed at Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, 783 Highland Ave, Elgin, IL 60123 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and open to the public!

Starring Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne, We Own This Now looks 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 about who was on that 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.

Diving into historical documents, absurd situations, and extended metaphors, the audience discovers alongside Riley and Chris how the Doctrine of Discovery (the legal framework that justifies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.

We Own This Now 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 Casella Brookins, directed by Bryan Rafael Falcón & Lindsay Nance, created in partnership with the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition.

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