17 April 2012
CPT CHICAGO: Peace, Pies and Prophets
tour prepares for second leg; are you next?
After a successful first run in Pennsylvania, the Peace, Pies and Prophets tour
is headed to South Bend, Indiana, Chicago, Illinois and Madison, Wisconsin in
the mid-western United States on May 3-6 (See show details below).
“The event was a participatory
wonder,” said Ted Swartz, describing the first night of the tour last
month, “Our show, I’d Like to Buy an
Enemy was interspersed with a ‘stealth auction,’ where an air horn would go
off and Tim Reubke and I would don our special hats and auction off handcrafted
pies. It truly felt to us like the
beginning of a movement. A
movement around peacemaking, subversive theater and pies.” The first three shows in Lancaster,
Philadelphia and Souderton raised over $15,000 for CPT through sales of $140
pies and free will offering. You
can watch a short film of Pies Promoting Peace on Vimeo.
I’d Like to Buy an Enemy, written
by Swartz, uses satire and slapstick humor to unpack issues of justice, peace
building, militarism and empire through humorous and poignant storytelling. It is a unique way to convey some of the
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
“I find I identify more with stories than with a
theological lecture,” said Megan Rosenwink, who was part of the tour. “I think Ted uses story on a level
that reaches people where ever they are at.”
Live too far away to make it? You
too can host the Peace, Pies and Prophets tour in your town. If you are interested, email Rosenwink,
who is administrator for Ted and Company at email@example.com.
Show details are as follows:
May 3, Kern Road Mennonite Church at 18211 Kern Road, South Bend, IN at 7 pm.
Tickets are $5.
May 4, Living Water Community Church at 6808 N. Ashland, Chicago, Il at 7:30
May 6, Madison Mennonite Church at 1501 Gilbert Rd, Madison, WI at 6 pm. FREE