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  • Fish Eyes – The Gospel of I Don’t Know

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    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’ […]

  • Kickstarter dreams

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    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 […]

  • Thanksgiving and Peace Pies

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    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 […]

  • The church’s journey with sexuality

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    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. […]

  • The one with the rubber chicken

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    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 […]

  • Setting the stage for some historic peace pie bidding

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    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 […]

  • Incarnation we can ALL participate in

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    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 […]

  • Where theater is alive and well

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    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 […]

  • A Cover

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    A cover. So the cliché is not true. You can, in fact, judge a book by its cover. Or that’s what I’m being told. I’ve had some say they couldn’t buy the book, or a distributor wouldn’t carry it, because of the cover. I wrote a book which was published last year. This is the cover:  […]

  • Laughing in Church

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    Recently I was guest at the congregation my sister Tina and her family are members, Germantown Mennonite. I wrote a reading Doug Brunk, Tina and I performed. The text was The Prodigal Son parable. We, of course, were mining the text for humor and perhaps another angle to an excruciatingly familiar text. Here is an […]