Sometimes the only way to have difficult conversations is to laugh. Ted and Co.’s production “Discovery: A Comic Lament” finds unexpected humor at the intersection of justice and land use, offering comic and challenging glimpses into European settler maltreatment of Native Americans. Take this opportunity to learn about love, loss, and land at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Forest Hills Mennonite Church. There is no cost for attendance.
“I am new to the Doctrine of Discovery, and it changed my way of thinking about land, Native people, and manifest destiny,” says Todd Gusler, chair of the committee bringing the play to Lancaster and pastor at Rossmere Mennonite Church. “It is an important thing for us to know, acknowledge, and begin working at as people of faith.”
“Discovery” is centered around an exploration of the Doctrine of Discovery, the legal framework dating to the fifteenth century that gave Christian governments rights to invade and seize lands.
“Ted and Co. are able to use humor to be able to get across a point you might miss otherwise,” added Gusler.
The play is written by Alison Brookins and directed by Phil Weaver-Stoesz. It was created in partnership with Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition.
“Discovery: A Comic Lament” will be staged at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, 100 Quarry Road, Leola, Pennsylvania. No registration is required.