We Own This Now: Freeman SD / June 10, 2023
Saturday, June 10 2023 @ 7:30pm
Pioneer Hall, Freedom Academy Campus
748 S Main Street Freeman, SD 57029
Tickets not required; a free-will donation will be collected
A short talkback with the actors will follow the performance
Presented by Freeman Network for Peace & Justice
with the Heritage Hall Museum and Archives and Sermon on the Mount Mennonite Church
Starring Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne, We Own This Now is a play by Alison Casella Brookins that 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. Diving into historical documents, absurd situations, and extended metaphors, the audience discovers alongside Riley and Chris how the Doctrine of Discovery (the legal framework that justifies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.
More information about the play can be found on our We Own This Now page.