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Peace, Pies & Prophets: I'd Like to Buy an Enemy

Ted & Company

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM (PST)

Oakland, CA

Peace, Pies & Prophets: I'd Like to Buy an Enemy

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This is a fundraising event for Christian Peacemaker Teams and the Positive Peace Warrior Network

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From www.tedandcompany.com: In the fall of 2005 a graduate student in the Center for Justice and Peacemaking (CJP) in Harrisonburg, Va, Odelya Gertel, came to me with a suggestion. “Why don’t you and Lee take the principles of CJP and the STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience) program and create a show?”

The result of that conversation, as well as other encouragements began a series of interviews and two years of research.

Following the death of my partner, Lee Eshleman in the spring of 2007, I tabled the project for two years and then in 2009 began again.

I wanted a show that would make you laugh, but also make you uncomfortable at times– a tender balance.

The result is I’d Like to Buy an Enemy, a satire whose target is the use of fear in our society to control us, the use of The Other to make us afraid, how the selling of war is such a big business, and even bananas as a conflict commodity.

A good poem is sometimes the reduction or distilling of images and ideas into the sparest use of works possible. A play is sometimes 5 years of research, writing, rewriting, rehearsal, talkbacks, changes, growth, trial and error to create…

…a work still in progress. When the cast includes the writer, that work may always be in progress. It is one of the joys of writing and performing, allowing the responses of an audience shift the show.

The show I’d Like to Buy an Enemy is now part of a tour set to travel the country a least through 2013. Unfortunately the issues we address in the show aren’t going away any time soon. The tour is called The Peace Pies and Prophets Tour, premièring in Eastern PA the weekend of March 9-11, with all proceeds to benefit Christian Peacemaker Teams (and for the February 1st show, the Positive Peace Warrior Network).

At each event, there will be live music, “The Enemy “ show and a “stealth auction” of homemade pies, many from the Mennonite communities in those areas. Now, I’m not going to brag, okay I am—these will be amazing pies, imbued with generations of love and community, inspired by men and women who know the place of pie in the “Kingdom of God”…and butter, lots of butter. We are not quite sure when an auction segment may “pop up”—hence the “stealth auction.”

CLICK HERE to see a preview of the play.

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First Presbyterian Church of Oakland
2619 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM (PST)


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Ted & Company

Ted & Company TheaterWorks is a team of dynamic actors and musicians who are passionate about bringing thought-provoking storytelling to the stage.

Whether they’re blending biblical story with comedy and poignancy, or pushing the envelope on issues of faith and social justice, Ted Swartz and the rest of the Company offer performances that leave audiences talking, thinking, and wanting more. In addition to their live performances, Ted & Company also offers scripts, DVDs, and video downloads of their scenes and shows.

Christian Peacemaker Teams works to build partnerships to transform violence and oppression.  CPT envisions a world of communities that together embrace the diversity of the human family and live justly and peaceably with all creation.  CPT is committed to work and relationships that: Honor and reflect the presence of faith and spirituality; Strenthen grassroots initiatives; Transform structures of domination and oppression; and Embody creative nonviolence and liberating love.

The Positive Peace Warrior Network works towards a culture of positive peace through the institutionalization of Kingian Nonviolence.  By providing communities with the opportunity to explore the skill and will of Dr. King’s philosophy, we will learn from the past, creatively apply lessons to our present and foster a better future.  PPWN provides ongoing programming in jails, with youth and with activisit communities around the nation.  

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