PEC Hosts June 19th Insurgent Theatre Production of Daring, Original Play, BEHIND THE BADGE

The Peace Education Center welcomes back to mid-Michigan the radical troupe, Insurgent Theatre, from Columbus, Ohio, for a one-night-only performance of its daring original play BEHIND THE BADGE.  The performance will be on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove Street, East Lansing, Michigan.  The event is free and open to the public.

What does it mean to be a compassionate, dedicated, humane police officer in a country with the world’s highest incarceration rate and a continuing tradition of racial injustice?
Insurgent Theatre brings audiences behind the badge of a neighborhood liaison officer, using stripped down, interactive and a radical analysis to peer into the inner life of a man in blue.

Insurgent Theatre strives to connect performing arts with radical struggles to make theatre that is relevant, engaging, challenging, and useful for those who confront the U.S. police state and global capitalist empire.  The troupe was founded in 2003 and has toured the country since 2008.  Lansing-area audiences enjoyed the company’s earlier highly charged, energetic productions, IN THE BELLY (2011) and ULYSSES’ CREWMAN (2009).

BEHIND THE BADGE was written by Ben Turk, who also plays the lead character.  The production is directed by Kate Pleuss.  A community discussion with Turk and Pleuss about prison conditions will immediately follow the play.  Donations for the production will be accepted with half of all funds raised supporting prisoner resistance.

“Insurgent Theatre brings a unique, intimate, and challenging experience to the audience,” said Tom Rico, co-chair of the Peace Education Center.  “The previous two productions were unforgettable and we anticipate that BEHIND THE BADGE will be no different.”

Further information from Insurgent Theatre about BEHIND THE BADGE can be found at insurgenttheatre.org.  Event information is available from the Peace Education Center by phone at 517-515-5634.

ULYSSES' CREWMAN (2009)

IN THE BELLY (2011)

LET’S TALK POVERTY AND WEALTH

The Peace Education Center is proud to sponsor a community conversation on “Poverty and Wealth.” The problem of an ever expanding disparity between the “have’s” and the “have-not’s” has become the issue of the day. What do you think? Should the government play a role in enabling or constraining individual wealth? Are the super rich and the poverty-stricken both the creators of their own destinies? Is wealth the root of all evil?

Please join us in a respectful conversation about a problem that affects us all. We will use a process and materials designed by the National Dialogue Network, funded by a grant from the National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation. Seated in small groups, we will listen to each other’s perspectives to further our own understanding of the concerns and possibilities surrounding this important issue.

There will be two sessions, one for the Michigan State University (MSU) community and a second one for the larger community.

MSU Community Session, APRIL 4, 3:00PM 5:00PM, Main Library, North Conference Room. This event is hosted by the MSU Libraries and sponsored by the MSU Peace and Justice Studies Program, College of Social Science, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Residential College for Arts and Humanities, Philosophy Department, and the Peace Education Center. Seating is limited, so to reserve a seat please send your name and email to: hesslin2@msu.edu. The event flyer can be downloaded here.

Community Session, APRIL 9, 7:00PM – 9:00PM, Lansing Community College, Administration Building Board Room. This event is hosted by Lansing Community College and sponsored  by the Peace Education Center, Michigan League for Public Policy, Capital Area District Library, Power of We Consortium, Justice &  Peace Task Force at Edgewood United Church, League of Women Voters – Lansing Area, and Common Cause of Michigan. Seating is limited, so to reserve a seat please send your name and email to: pec.comments@gmail.com. The event flyer can be downloaded here.