Widgets The Swingles' Dramatic Developments: September 2007

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Wendy & Bob

I'm on the Oregon Coast for my cousin Wendy's wedding.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

My friend summited Everest

I just learned that my friend, Brian Smith, reached the highest point on the planet! He's the son of Larry & Linda Smith. Larry and his twin, Lloyd have been friends of my dad since they were in third grade. Larry taught me just about everything I know about photography, so if you like the photos on this blog, thank Larry.

Brian nearly lost his life before reaching the top. The following link has an article with links to others detailing the journey: South Medford grad scales Mount Everest summit.

Congratulations, Brian!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

...and rising.

...the moon was rising...

As the sun was setting...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Salvo Leaders

I just got to work with a great bunch of leaders of the Salvation Army at a camp outside of Jacksonville, FL.

Besides teaching them acting skills and giving them a run-down on various forms, I helped them develop a script on Saturday that we performed on Sunday!

Great job, guys!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

In the land of the Terrible Towel

On September 10 and 11 I performed Five Bells for 9/11 here.

An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette drew some people, including one fellow who had friends that had performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. Of the 2000 shows there I'm afraid their's wasn't one that crossed our radar screen.

Ann Van Hine, whose husband is portrayed in Five Bells spoke after the play, as she's done in the past. Every time it moves me to hear how she chose to turn to God in those devestating hours. It made a huge difference. She has total peace about it all.

In the past Ann mentioned that the play will have more significance as time goes by, and this year I really saw that. There was a six year-old scampering about that was almost born on 9/11/01 because her mother was so emotional that day she thought she was going into labor. The doctors sent her home, and the wonderful girl I met last night was born 10 days later.

Every year our nation finds more healing. I can tell because each year people laugh a little more at the jokes in the play..

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Catching the last rays of summer

What a Gift!

Friday, September 07, 2007


MasterWorks Festival (16-25)
Four week intensive

Act One: Writing for Hollywood

Territorial Arts Ministries (Eastern Territory)

Territorial Music Institute (Southern Territory)

Christians in Theatre Arts
National Conferences and Regional Networking

Lillenas Music and Drama Conference

Local Workshops
Rich performs and teaches all over the world
You can also sign up for Rich's itinerary updates to see when he'll be near you:

Handbook for Multi-Sensory Worship--Book and CD-ROM
(Features "The Move" by Rich Swingle)
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Lillenas Publishers:

Drama Ministry Magazine:
CrossPoint Script Service:
SelectScripts by Paul Johnson and Nicole Johnson

Chuck Neighbors:

Caught in the Act...of Worship edited by Martyn Scott Thomas. For more information send email.

Enacted Prayer


Recommended Reading

Savidge, Dale and Johnson, Todd (2009).  Performing the Sacred: Theology and Theatre in Dialogue. Grand Rapids, MI: BakerAcademic.

Harbinson, Colin (ed.) (2005). Redeeming the Arts. Occasional Paper by the Lausanne Issue Group on The Arts. Published as a special edition of The Creative Arts: A Journal of the Arts and Faith. Jackson, MS: Belhaven.

L’Engle, Madeline (1980). Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art. Wheaton, IL: H. Shaw.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Back in NYC

I was disappointed to leave Paris too early to follow the sunset the whole way, but we caught it just before touching down.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The View

We hiked up to the dôme of Sacre Coeur Basilique, on the highest hill in Paris.

Sacre Coeur Basilique