We Own This Now – Portland OR

Event Information

Event Type:
Open to Public

Event Date:
Nov 16, 2019

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

Portland Mennonite Church

Event Description

We Own This Now – Portland OR


We Own This Now is coming to Portland, Oregon! It will be performed at Portland Mennonite Church on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Admission is free, with donations taken to support the production.

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Diving into historical documents, absurd situations, and extended metaphors, the audience discovers alongside Riley and Chris how the Doctrine of Discovery (the legal framework that justifies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