28 August 2012
US-CANADA: Peace, Pies and Prophets to tour Ohio, western PA and....
After successful runs in eastern Pennsylvania and the Midwest, the Peace, Pies and Prophets tour is headed to western Pennsylvania and Ohio September 21-23.
The show, I’d Like to Buy an Enemy, is interspersed with ‘stealth auctions.’ On cue from an air horn Ted Swartz and Tim Reubke don special hats and auction off local, freshly baked, handcrafted pies. “It truly felt to us like the beginning of a movement,” said Swartz after opening night, “a movement around peacemaking, subversive theater and pies.”
The tour kicked off spring 2012 with six shows across eastern Pennsylvania and the Midwest, surpassing organizers' expectations. Volunteers donated almost 300 pies and the total amount raised for Christian Peacemaker Teams exceeded $30,000. A seven-minute video, Pies Promoting Peace, shows scenes and reactions.
I’d Like to Buy an Enemy, written by Swartz, uses storytelling, satire and slapstick humor to unpack issues of justice, peace building, militarism and empire, and gives uniquely accessible expression to realities and values that underlie CPT’s work.
“I found myself laughing out loud as the Ted and Tim laid bare the mechanisms of enemy creation and addiction that underpin our war machine,” said Tim Nafziger, who toured with Ted and Company in the first three shows. “You never expect a man in a banana suit to deconstruct U.S. foreign policy in Latin America over the last fifty years with such panache. What better way to embody the creative non-violence and liberating love that CPT is all about?”
“I identify more with stories than with a theological lecture,” said Megan Rosenwink, who was part of the tour. “Ted uses story on a level that reaches people wherever they are at.”
Peace, Pies and Prophets is available to book in U.S. and Canadian venues through 2013. Contact Rosenwink, administrator for Ted and Company, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions or offers to volunteer may be addressed to Tim Nafziger (email@example.com) or the local event host.