Loren Niemi Presents


June 29 - 30, 2018

Loren Niemi: creator/storyteller

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Bad Brother is my most autobiographical work. An account of the intersection of the ferment both in and out of the Catholic Church and America in the late '60s. As the joke goes: "I was in a religious order — you know, poverty, celibacy, obedience — I was good at one of them and that one was what got me kicked out." This is the story of how I entered the religious life as a Catholic and left a Buddhist anti-war peacenik with an FBI file.

NUVO review of BAD BROTHER at the Indy Fringe 8/23/16:

"Loren Niemi’s autobiographical storytelling is intense and personal at the same time. He recounts how he ended up at Catholic seminary, and how his journey evolved, eventually shaping him into a Buddhist antiwar demonstrator. Everything was changing in that decade—it was post Vatican II, and Vietnam was on the horizon. Catholicism and the country were torn between the past and the future, with causalities on both sides confusing the present. While racism, 'post-riot architecture,' and the questionable morals of the church and country are at the heart of his story, the seemingly inconsequential details bring counterbalance to the performance’s serious subject matter, such as Niemi smoking a joint during visiting hours in a minimum-security prison with 62-year-old Brother Basil, who had been imprisoned (for burning draft files with the Milwaukee 14). History buffs, lapsed Catholics, and antiwar supporters will find much to enjoy in this show." — Lisa Gauthier Mitchison


$12 —  General Admission
$10  —  Students/Seniors
A limited number of $10 Economic Accessibility tickets are available online. Pay as able at the door.
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Performance Schedule
June 29, 7:30pm
June 30, 7:30pm

Runtime: 60-65 minutes (no intermission)
Recommended for ages 16 and up.

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