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  • Meet…the chicken

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    By Ted Swartz May 20, 2015 A couple of years ago Jeff Raught and I spent a week in a story-book land to the North. Cooperstown, New York. The home of the baseball hall of fame…moment of silence… Seriously, I’m taking a moment…ok, done. Along with dramaturge and serial bellower of contagious laughter, Bob Small, […]

  • It’s All About the Goo

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    By Ted Swartz April 7, 2015 Green rooms in churches offer a wide variety of comfort and proximity to the stage: Sometimes there are plenty of comfy couches, quiet with tasteful décor—other times you just know you’re in a church. Occasionally these co-opted spaces provide inspiration and significant philosophical thought. Warming up for a Listening […]

  • Sacred Spaces

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    The past year of touring took the Company to many wonderful places (see our Year in Review video here for some specifics.) A couple of places stand out…Marble Collegiate in New York City. Justin and Phillip practicing …One of the treats I get: hearing the musicians play. Justin, Chris and Phillip in some exquisite sacred […]

  • NYC – Ft. Collins, CO

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    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 […]

  • Sacred Space

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    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 […]

  • Coming soon to a Theatre near you…

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    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. […]

  • Meet our Intern

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    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 […]

  • The Impact of a Story or Song

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    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 […]

  • Kickstarter – closing in

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    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 […]

  • 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 […]