The Swingles' Dramatic Developments
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Saturday, August 30, 2008
"I have a job to do"
"We speak American," he said in light of US colonization in 1898 after 300 years of Spaniish control. They didn't gain their independence until after WWII.
He said the Spanish legacy is religion. They are the only Catholic nation in Asia. He said the US legacy is language...and Coka-Cola.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Back from Beijing
We Are Ready
This was the theme song for the countdown to the Olympics, and the same composer is working on the soundtrack for our upcoming docudrama about Eric Liddell.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Out of 90,000 seats
The fellow sitting in front of me at the Beijing Olympics was working his iPhone, so I asked him how it was working in China. He said great, and we struck up a conversation. We asked each other where the other was from, and when he heard I was from Southern Oregon he said that his friend's wife had gone to high school in that area. She was at the concession stand, but when she returned I expected her to tell me she'd graduated from one of the bigger schools in the area. Turns out, she graduated from mine: Phoenix High School, Phoenix, Oregon. She had graduated three years behind me, and she had seen my brother, Bob, at her brother, Carl Leeser's wedding three months earlier.
In a nation of 1.2 billion people, a city of 15 million and a stadium with 90,000 seats it was a blessing to make such a connection.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Olympic Gold Medalist
On our day at the Bird's Nest Stadium we sat two rows behind Dutch fans. We told them congratulations because we'd watched their team win gold in water polo while getting ready to leave early that morning. They informed us that the game had actually been played the day before. So not only did the CCTVs (China has I think seven state-run channels) show the Olympics on practically every channel, they showed them practically around the clock.
Can we have a picture with you?
Thursday, August 14, 2008
More photos online
In the countryside
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Charmaine said how much she missed MWF ( http://MasterWorksFestival.org ) this year and how it grounds her.
Charmaine, in recounting MWF '08, I forgot to tell you that Steve Rooks choreographed a Tango as a part of the theatre department's production of Tartuffe. It was hilarious (as was the plan)!
Soon after arriving here Charmaine was promoted to a position in which she hires and trains performers for all the Sands properties in Macao (which are quite numerous). We're Hoping for continued stamina for her!
Heading for Macao
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
The CA of YMCA
Chuck Allison, director of several YMCAs here in Hong Kong, introduced himself to the kids of the sports camp as the CA of the YMCA!
|From Hong Kong '08|
On opening day of the Olympics I performed Beyond the Chariots for a sports camp for the YMCA.
A profound evening
|From Hong Kong '08|
On the second night of the Olympics I performed Beyond the Chariots here in Hong Kong. Afterward H. K. Cheng (far right) told what Eric Liddell was like as one of his instructors at the Tientsin Anglo-Chinese College and Rev. Jim Hudson Taylor, great grandson of Hudson Taylor (next to his wife, Leone) told how Eric Liddell helped him and other kids in the Japanese internment camp in Weihsien, China.
Standing in the center are Chuck Allison, director of several YMCAs here in Hong Kong, and our friend Steve Wible, who's been a great connector for us here.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
a door closed, a Way opened
Yesterday I found out that my speaking engagements in the two morning services were cancelled. We were disappointed, but over breakfast with the director of the Hong Kong YMCAs, he told us...we should perform for the Filipinos on the public squares!
So we went to the Filipino fellowship and told them what the director had said and asked if they had any ideas. Turns out the teacher of the fellowship had been Hoping for a surprise. So I performed "The People J Knew". There was a woman there for the first time, and she decided she wanted to Know J! Yay! Then we had lunch with the fellowship. Fortified with Filipino fare, we went to the streets, where I performed "The People J Knew" in four different locations.
We had such a wonderful time!
Filipino friends, we'll post more photos later, but for now I hope you'll sign up for our updates: http://RichDrama.com/Updates
On 24 August I'll be back to perform my play ( http://RichDrama.com/Beyondthe Chariots ) and then teach you some dramas we can do on the streets! See you then!
Filled with Hope,
Rich and Joyce
Friday, August 08, 2008
The Games are Open
As you watch, may it prompt your heart to Hope for all the Father's best for these amazing people.
An Olympic day!
Amor directed the documentary about Eric Liddell, and he will direct me as Eric when we film the dramatizations in the fall: http://RichDrama.com/Olympics
Now, after some dim sum, I'm going to watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics...on TV.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Survived the typhoon
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Olympic Hero in China: The Eric Liddell Story":
Rich, I just saw on the news about the tropical storm hitting Hong Kong. Are you safe?
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Olympic Hero in China: The Eric Liddell Story
|From Hong Kong '08|
Though our dramatizations won't be completed until the fall due to
the difficulty of film permits during and immediately after the
Olympics, Good News Communication completed our documentary about Eric Liddell.
I'm staying at the YMCA of Hong Kong, where I'll perform my play
about him Friday and Saturday and answer questions in the role of
Eric Liddell on Sunday morning for ECCHK. The
documentary is playing on a continuous loop in the lobby. I stood
there the solid 45 minutes, captivated. They've done such a
tremendous job putting it all together. It is truly geared to reach
the Chinese people.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
That's not smog
|From Hong Kong '08|
A typhoon hit this area just before I landed, so it's sort of working its way to calm this morning.
No window seat this time
|From Hong Kong '08|
Our flight was oversold, so I was thrilled to just get a seat. Since I only took this one shot from an emergency door I decided to repost the note and photo below from the last trip here in January 2007...
Monday, August 04, 2008
En route to Asia
I'm starting this note on the bus to Newark Airport where I'll take off for four to seven nations over the next 36 days.
MasterWorks was tremendous! You can see reports from our amazing month at http://RichDrama.com/NewsBlog (Archives for June and July).
The short time in between has been a blur as I've been catching up from a month away, settling into our miraculous new abode (http://RichDrama.com/MP) prepping for this trip and working on an important writing assignment.
So here we go!
We're bringing the story of Eric Liddell, the first person born in China to win an Olympic gold medal, to the people of Asia before, during and after the Beijing Olympics.
Most of the itinerary is at http://RichDrama.com/Itinerary, and the three unknown nations are Taiwan, Japan and Singapore. We're still waiting to hear back.Among the highlights are seeing the documentary that I helped write and for which I set up a number of interviews. We're still hoping for more funding to come in before we begin filming the dramatizations in which I'll play Eric Liddell. Find out more at http://RichDrama.com/Olympics. Then I'll perform the play between the closing ceremony of a sports camp and before the opening ceremonies of the Olympics at 08/08/08, 8:08:08. The next night Jim Hudson Taylor will tell of his remembrances of Eric Liddell when they were interned together during World War II.
Some of our performances are in nations where it's unrealistic for venues to even cover expenses, so if you'd like to help us invest in the people of Asia with a tax-deductible gift visit http://RichDrama.com/Olympics.I'm finishing this note while I wait for my flight which has been delayed four hours. That puts me into the Hong Kong Airport after 11:00pm. I wasn't expecting that when I agreed to speak and perform at a luncheon the next day at noon (midnight my time) and again that night at 6pm (6am my time). We're Hoping for Stamina! The good news is that they just gave me my seat assignment. They were oversold, so knowing I actually have a seat is a relief!
Thanks so much for Hoping with us!
Rich & Joyce Swingle
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
Performing in Hong Kong
Come celebrate the spirit of the Olympics with former 1924 Olympic gold medal champion, Eric Liddell. Come and see what life in China was like after the Olympics for Eric Liddell. Come join us and our special out of town guest for an evening of entertainment. Don't miss this magnificent off-broadway performance. It is dinner theatre at ECC! Bring a friend, your family.
When: Saturday, August 9th, 2008
Where: 3/F South Tower, YMCA, 41 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Time: dinner buffet @ 6:30pm
Cost: Adult $200 / Children (ages 5-12) $100.
Tickets are on sale now!
Note: simulated gun shot will be fired during performance
There are a few spaces left for the dinner event, please contact Jennifer Lui at 2723-4777 or Jennifer@ecchk.org to reserve tickets.
As for Sunday, there are two services held at 9:30am and 11:30am at the 4/F assembly hall of the YMCA, the same building as the Friday and Saturday events.
Running the Race in China
A couple of articles have come out in the British press about China's interest in Eric Liddell right now on the eve of the Beijing Olympics. They are focusing on the newest biography to be written and translated to Chinese, Running the Race. There's one from The Glasgow Herald that isn't online yet, but the Telegraph reports, "Eric Liddell's story to set Chinese hearts racing."