Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of five columns written by Ron Byler, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. executive director, to mark 100 […]
Join the cast and crew of the new original play, Discovery: A Comic Lament, for conversation about the Doctrine of the Discovery, the genesis of this play and the ways laughter shapes us. Playwright Alison Brookins, director Phil Weaver-Stoesz and actors Michelle Milne and Ted Swartz will be on hand to field your questions and comments on Monday June 12, 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern for a virtual conversation. We will be streaming live on Facebook. You can also sign up below to receive information via e-mail about how to join the conversation via a Zoom video conference room.
This play was written by emerging writer, Ted & Co intern, and soon-to-be pastor, Alison Brookins, and
produced by Ted & Co. It’s a play 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, land use, and Indigenous experience. A show about love, and loss, of land, Discovery nudges us to question our stories with honesty and integrity. The show was created in partnership with the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition, and directed by Phil Weaver-Stoesz.
The Doctrine of Discovery is a difficult topic to talk about. The problem is as foundational as the land we live on, and our confusion, shame, or lack of knowledge about the subject can inhibit empathy and action. Using humor and drama, Discovery invites audiences to learn about the Doctrine of Discovery, to lament its ongoing legacy, and to connect with Indigenous-led justice efforts.
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