Ted’s Blog Space

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

A Message from "Mary"

December 1, 2009

The last 2 performances of DoveTale, the Christmas play Lee Eshleman, Ingrid De Sanctis, and I wrote in 1997, were performed on December 22 and 23 in Harrisonburg, VA. The shows were emotional, fun, and tinged with a little sadness. Ingrid wrote the following piece for the program. Thanks to all who made DoveTale a part of your Christmas over the last 13 years. ~Ted “One of the things I love best about acting is crawling inside a character; her thoughts, feelings, point of view. Every character has taught me something about life, myself, others. I love that. For 11...

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Welcome to the NEW Ted & Company Website!

November 1, 2009

We are beyond excited about launching the new (and beautiful) Ted & Company website! It’s been a long journey to get it just right, and we still have a few more things we’re working on to make it even better… But we’re thrilled to have a site where you can easily find out about all the live shows we’re offering, as well as the DVDs, video downloads, and scripts you can use in your own church or ministry setting. You can also find out all about the Company–the wonderful team of actors that Ted is working with these days. And...

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On the Road with Sue and Ted

May 1, 2009

On April 14, Ted and I left Harrisonburg, VA and headed west. We have enjoyed spring in Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan while traveling approximately 2,350 miles in a month’s time. In our almost 33 years of marriage, I don’t think we have ever spent so much time together (literally 24/7). Ted recently asked, “Can you do this sabbatical thing every year?” Eastern Mennonite High School graciously granted me a sabbatical for second semester. I proposed that spending time in an urban setting would enhance my teaching in both English and Bible classes (by experiencing faith “on my shoes,”...

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Officially "Launched"

April 1, 2009

Ted & Company TheaterWorks has been launched! The new logo has been designed and the first shows under the “new” company have been given. The official “launch weekend” took place March 27-28 in Harrisonburg, where audiences of 550 over the two nights laughed and cried together as they watched Ted and some of the Company perform What Would Lloyd Do? and Tattered & Worn. The next two months are primarily designated as writing months, with Ted and his wife Sue, spending 6 weeks of this time in Chicago. Ted & Jeff Raught are performing Tattered & Worn at St. John...

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Just in Time for Lent!

February 1, 2009

Our last posting wished you a Happy New Year and here it is Valentine’s Day already, with Lent fast approaching. Just in time for your Lenten services, new downloads have been added to our store. Last Supper/Footwashing, The Arrest and Denial, The Upper Room and Breakfast on the Beach bring to life these days in Jesus’ life – as seen through the eyes of disciples Peter and Andrew. Video footage was originally shot for the Good God Theater curriculum (see below) and all 32 scenes will eventually be made available as video downloads. Ranging in length from five to ten...

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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2009

We head into 2009 with some apprehension about how a ministry of story and laughter will fit into the economic crunch we are all experiencing. But we feel good about the shows that are available for performances, the new shows that are being written, and the scripts that we continue to work at making available in print and downloadable formats. If you’re looking for entertainment for your church, your school, or your business in 2009 we hope you’ll consider one of these options: TED ALONE Book Ted for a one-day or weekend workshop. Through performance and discussion, Ted will help...

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Advent Greetings

November 1, 2008

Looking for an unusual stocking stuffer? A gift for someone who doesn’t need another gadget or another knick-knack? Give the gift of laughter with one or more of the DVDs available from Ted & Company. Of special interest this Christmas season – the DoveTale DVD. It’s the re-telling of the Christmas story with typical Ted & Lee humor and magical moments – with a delightful Mary played by Ingrid De Sanctis. For one viewer, DoveTale provided laughs for weeks after watching the play, when he substituted his own wife’s name in Joseph’s lines, “Yes, Mary. Right away, Mary. Anything you...

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Good News!

September 1, 2008

We’re pleased to announce the arrival of the DoveTale Scriptbook! Consider the following options to use this Christmas play during this Advent season: DOVETALE SCRIPTBOOK AND PDF The long-awaited DoveTale script is back from the printer and also online as a download. Interesting that the project took 9 months – and sometimes even felt like birthing a baby! But we’re excited about the book – which includes pictures, side notes of helpful hints or fun vignettes about writing or performing the play. Also included is a history of the development of the play. Although written and performed originally with three...

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Ted & Company News!

August 1, 2008

Our accountant told us that it takes a company two years to recover from a catastrophic event, in our case, the death of Lee. It’s been a little over a year and the changes have been significant, and yet some things remain the same. We’ll try to catch you up. First, we’ve decided to stay with the name Ted & Company TheaterWorks – at least for now – because it so aptly describes what we’re about: Ted Swartz writing and acting, along with a variety of other actors – & Company. For now this feels good – and allows us...

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