Ted & Company: I'd Like to Buy an Enemy

Where University Commons, 170, Mainstage theater

Duration 2 hours

Sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee and Eastern Mennonite University, I’d Like to Buy an Enemy is coming to the EMU’s Main Stage Theater in Harrisonburg, VA at 8pm on January 31, 2014.

Admission is free with a valid student ID or Inter-Collegiate Peace Fellowship conference badge. General admission is $8.

Starring Ted & Company actors Ted Swartz and Tim Ruebke, this thought-provoking show allows us to laugh at ourselves,while engaging us to think about the place of the US in the world, to confront the fear that is such a large part of our culture, and to consider how we can work for peace and justice in this country and in the world. A representative from Mennonite Central Committee will also share during the evening, giving concrete examples of peace and justice work that MCC promotes around the world. A talk-back will follow the performance.

Ted and Tim will also be involved in classes Friday and Ted will lead a group conversation time on Saturday morning February 1, looking further into questions around the culture of fear in the US, practical peacebuilding and also how a craft such as acting can contribute to the work for peace and justice in our society.

In this hilarious and poignant satire, I’d Like to Buy an Enemy, we find a talking banana sharing his personal story about fair trade practices, witness the brain responding using both its rational and impulse-driven parts, and are welcomed into the shop of a persuasive salesperson who insists on our need to buy an enemy to ensure “optimistic living and comfortable maintenance of the American Dream.”

You will certainly laugh, but you will also be challenged to reflect on the biases and unjust practices that pervade the American mentality, and be energized to find creative ways to address issues of peace and justice in your communities and beyond. I’d Like to Buy an Enemy is a show that speaks across religions, denominations, generations and backgrounds, for people who aim to be the change we seek.

Intended Audience General Public


Contact Information

Name Kaitlin Heatwole

Phone # 540.432.4450