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

  • July 30, 2014

    The Jesus Stories and the other Jesus Stories

    tedco-302b It’s called The Jesus Stories and as the title suggests that’s what Ted and I (Jeff Raught) try to do. Finding new ways, while visiting some of the old, to tell these stories of Jesus. It’s a play interwoven with music and scenes around food. Pasta, cheese, fine wine and so much more. But that’s...

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  • July 25, 2014

    NYC – Ft. Collins, CO

    TedKenMe This past Monday, Ted spoke on the theme of “Struggle” for the Church of the Brethren’s NYC (that’s National Youth Conference…not New York City… the more you know.) In a beautiful twist of fate, he was joined on stage by long-time friend Ken Medema and summer intern, yours truly (Jen). Leading up to NYC, a...

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  • July 11, 2014

    St. John’s: The Quest for the Nugget of Truth

    TWRB_web-2 copy The church at St. John’s is a loosely structured group, with more emphasis on the “loose” and “group” than on the “structure.” Which is not to say that they are a loose group, or without moral structure. It’s just that the organizational structure is loose in nature – let’s say “relaxed fit.” In creating the...

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  • June 17, 2014

    Sacred Space

    shoe This past weekend, Ted&Co took a mini-tour up to Canada with a Thursday night showing of “Listening for Grace” and Saturday/Sunday shows of “Laughter is Sacred Space.” Life on the road always generates interesting little anecdotes.  For example… Let’s say your name is Jason Hildebrand and Ted is in possession of certain belongings of yours. Upon...

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  • May 29, 2014

    Coming soon to a Theatre near you…

    Billboard-LearningToPlaySprTour Ted has been touring. Ted has been talking. Ted has been listening. And now, the time has finally come to officially open the “New show.” “Learning to Play is the 17th show I have co-written or written, and I’m not sure I have ever been associated with a project generating this much interest, enthusiasm and passion....

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  • May 27, 2014

    Meet our Intern

    Ted and Jen Jen was first introduced to the work of Ted&Co through the well worn VHS (yes…VHS) series FishEyes that her mother kept in the office at church. Delighted by a realization that biblical stories could be told through theatre and even better that they could be funny – Jen took off for the Church of the Brethren’s National Youth...

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  • May 14, 2014

    The Impact of a Story or Song

    tedco-279 In case we ever lose sight of the incredible effect that a story or song can have on us, a little story from Jeff… Recently I was invited to share with a local youth group. After some warm wonderful greetings we gathered around the piano in the sanctuary and I shared a few songs. As soon...

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  • 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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