Updates, news and blog stories from around the huge Ted and Company universe.

  • April 11, 2014

    Kickstarter – closing in

    LearningToPlay-28 I write this from a theater in my home town—a truly sacred space where humor, story and art come together. Sometimes in the midst of the hard work of creating the best theater possible it is possible to lose sight of the final impact this ancient and eternally relevant art-form can have. And then… in...

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  • April 1, 2014

    Fish Eyes – The Gospel of I Don’t Know

    _MG_2647 Next week Ted & Company will present four performances of Fish Eyes to celebrate 20 years of this beloved show. From April 10-13, Ted Swartz and Jason Hildebrand will take up their nets and don their (figurative) fisherman’s waders at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg VA, drawing audiences into the first century lives of Jesus’...

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  • March 25, 2014

    Kickstarter dreams

    LearningToPlay-28 Last week Ted and Company launched a Kickstarter campaign. This is our first endeavor in the world of crowd-funding, but Learning to Play seemed to be the perfect project; still developing, pertinent subject matter, lots of energy to make it better. As you might imagine it is a bit scary as well, and so, it...

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  • December 20, 2013

    At Christmastime – Seuss and Sharing

    Ted at school2 Our oldest son Eliot is a first grade teacher. He was a “pied piper” when he was a kid—younger children always seemed to be following him around. He wasn’t necessarily cultivating their attention, there just seemed to be something about him. So it was no surprise to Sue and I when he decided to become...

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  • November 12, 2013

    Thanksgiving and Peace Pies

    ppp-2 As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s time to start thinking about pies. Of course, in addition to the usual kinds of pie, we’ve been thinking a lot about peace pies. As many of you know, in 2012 Ted & Company partnered together with Christian Peacemaker Teams to produce the Peace, Pies & Prophets (PPP) tour in the...

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  • October 22, 2013

    The church’s journey with sexuality

    Ted-Swartz-poster In the last two years Ted has been approached by several people about writing a show based on the church’s journey with sexuality. It’s a difficult subject to know how to talk about, not least because it affects all of us and yet all of us experience it in very personal and very different ways....

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  • September 27, 2013

    The one with the rubber chicken

    Ted & Shirley3 There was excitement this week at Ted & Company – the long-awaited re-release of Ted’s book. Re-release, you ask? Well it’s a longer story, one you may enjoy reading sometime. The decision-process for choosing the final cut for the new cover was a long and arduous one, fraught with great questions like: Should the rubber...

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  • June 13, 2013

    Setting the stage for some historic peace pie bidding

    auditorium March 16 we, Tim Ruebke and I, were in McPherson Kansas for a Peace Pies and Prophets show, in the historic McPherson Opera House, originally built in 1888.  Jerry Bowen of McPherson Church of The Brethren and Kathy Neufeld Dunn, First Menno of McPherson — both Christian Peacemaker Teams alumni — were the hosts and organizers. Kathy is an old...

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  • June 6, 2013

    Incarnation we can ALL participate in

    Raught Christmas Tree I’ve been thinking about Christmas recently… haven’t we all? No? There’s something slower-paced and more reflective about considering this significant event apart from the holiday season itself, don’t you think? Christmas. It’s a bit odd at times to consider the kind of event Christmas has become…ostensibly it is an event to celebrate the birth of...

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  • May 20, 2013

    Where theater is alive and well

    Town of Gretna - Attractions Do you know where Gretna, Manitoba is — without checking an atlas? You remember atlases right? Those wonderful maps travelers used before mapquest and GPS’s? The woman in the post office didn’t know and before I visited, I wasn’t exactly sure. It is literally a few hundred yards from the North Dakota border, a small...

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