A Triumph for Life in the NYC Theatre World!

Tonight and tomorrow are the last New York City performances of Oh Gosnell: A Show About the Truth. Joyce and I saw it last night, and it was incredibly powerful. I wrote about it for www.HeadlinePrayer.org: "A Triumph for Life in the NYC Theatre World!" It covers the trial of Kermit Gosnell, who regularly induced labor and snipped the spinal columns of the babies at his abortion clinic. Every word in the play is taken from court transcripts and the grand jury report. 

Here's my interview with the show's creator, Phelim McAleer:


After seeing the show we interviewed David Atkinson, the director, and captured some of my reactions:


If you only have three minutes, here are clips from both interviews and some of my reactions to the play:


 

I play a man who helps a woman to heal emotionally after she aborts her baby in the free short film "Mine."




The Matter of Life

Tracy Robinson was on Pray with Others Live today talking about her film, The Matter of Life. We’re reposting my article about Robinson’s film because exactly two weeks after the draft majority opinion of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked to Politico, the film will be in theaters, helping people make sense of what abortion is. During Robinson’s November 30, 2021, appearance, on the eve of the Supreme Court opening statements for the Dobbs case, on Pray with Others Live Judy McDonough said, “We have a great God who’s going to time it perfectly.” He certainly did!

 
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I play a lead in Providence, which you can bring to your area.

Shooting the Breeze with the Flyboys

Today's my Dad's birthday, so I posted an article about him I recently came across:

Shooting the breeze with the flyboys

Dad in front of a TBM. He flew
one over forest fires when he
was in his 20s.
 
Dad's adventures as a pilot most certainly inspired me to live adventurously for the Lord!

I just realized I'd never made an album from our trip to Oshkosh in 29019, so I pulled that together, too: Oshkosh 2019.

I play a lead in Providence, which you can bring to your area.

Be a Happy Host, not a Grouch!

Joyce continues Westchester Chapel's series on "What Happens When a Created People Walk Away From their Creator?" with a message on hospitality from 1 Peter 4:9.  She mentions Luke 9:26, Matthew 24: 4-14, Exodus 24: 1-11, Psalm 23, Hebrews 13: 1-3 and Matthew 10:40-42.  I got to share a funny story, and she includes an excerpt from The Adventum 4.

Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service:

 

This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.

I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

National Day of Prayer Recording: Pray Over Broadway Live

This morning, on the National Day of Prayer, several of us gathered to pray over 11 Broadway theatres either on foot or over video conference. Join us in praying to our God who stands outside of time:

Here are the theatres we covered...

Next stop: Ethel Barrymore Theatre 243 West 47th Street

8:36 AM

 

Next stop: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 W. 47th St.

8:39 AM

 

Next stop: Brooks Atkinson Theatre 256 W. 47th St.

8:42 AM

 

Next stop: Richard Rodgers Theatre 226 W. 46th St.

8:45 AM

 

Next stop: Imperial Theatre W. 46th

8:50 AM

 

Next stop: Marquis Theatre 1535 Broadway

8:51 AM

 

Next stop: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre 205 W. 46th St.

8:54 AM

 

Next stop: Palace Theatre. 1564 Broadway

8:56 AM

 

Next stop: Cort Theatre. 138 W. 48th St.

9:03 AM

 

Next stop: Longacre Theatre 220 W. 48th St.

9:06 AM

 

Last stop: Walter Kerr 219 W. 48th St.

9:26 AM

I Dreamed I Was Free tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War. It's had two Off-Broadway runs.


Praying Over Broadway on the National Day of Prayer

I was looking for a National Day of Prayer event in Manhattan, and after being shocked that there wasn't one, it dawned on me that I'd already scheduled our weekly prayer over Broadway theatres on the National Day of Prayer, so I registered it as one of their official events! 

Here are the details:
We'll meet on the northeast corner of Eighth Avenue and West 47th Street in Manhattan on May 5 at 8:30 a.m. There we'll pray over Manhattan and the Entertainment Mountain of Influence, and then set forth to pray over some specific Broadway theatres. Look for the bowed heads. We could move out as early as 8:35, but we'll post the next theatre and its address in the comments below before moving to the next theatre.
We'll also make it a virtual event, so you can join us from anywhere in the world:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82156463512?pwd=OUQ2TENlQXpjdENXTGs4SDkrQzg5dz09

Meeting ID: 821 5646 3512
Passcode: 941395
One tap mobile
+19292056099,,82156463512#,,,,*941395# US (New York)
or call 929.205.6099 and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode above.
Hope to see you soon!


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

The Sound of Violet

Here's the interview I did with Allen Wolf, writer and director of The Sound of Violet:


It's for my article about the film: "Powerful Film Tackles Human Trafficking."

Here are my initial thoughts the night I saw it...


In theatres now: www.TheSoundOfViolet.com.

Here's the trailer:


 
I play a lead in Providence, which is no longer showing at the AMC Empire, but you can bring it to your area.

C.S. Lewis and Eric Bentley

One of my profs in grad school, Eric Bentley, was a student of C.S. Lewis at Oxford. Lewis met with him an hour every week, which was the system at the time. Bentley would write a paper and Lewis would go over it with him. One day the paper was particularly red, and between Lewis' criticisms my future prof burst in, "Didn't you like anything?"

Lewis pointed to a particular passage.

Bentley said, "Oh, that was just me going on."

"Well, you need to go on a bit more," said Lewis. 

It unlocked something in Bentley that catapulted him into a career as a playwright, critic, translator for Bertolt Brecht and Pirandello, and writer on theatre.

He told that story to students of mine when we visited his home to perform excerpts from Freud's Last Session, about an imagined visit between Sigmund and Clive Staples.

When I was Bentley's student I walked him to the bus (NYC) one night, and asked him if Lewis ever shared his faith in class.

"Oh, yes, he was always trying to proselytize us."

"Did any of it connect with you?" I probed. 

He said his mother sent him to Oxford to train for ministry, but his professors taught him to be an atheist, and not even C.S. Lewis could break through.

At the end of the evening with my students he allowed us to pray for him. When I said, "Amen," he was beaming.

He told us that George Bernard Shaw, another atheist, was asked by a nun if she could pray for him. He said that 100 years ago if someone would have told us about radio waves we would have thought them insane, so if there's Someone out there he can't perceive who wants to bless him, why would he decline?

Bentley died August 5, 2020. He was nearly 104 years old. The Lord gave him lots of time to turn back to Himself. I surely hope he did. 

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The Love of the Cross

A blessed Good Friday to you and yours. 

At Westchester Chapel, Eva P.  leads the congregation into contemplation of the horror of sin and the Love of the Cross.  I do a dramatic reading from Mark 15: 1-39 and Rev. 22:12-19.  Eva refers to this artwork by her sister Noemi Cordero.  

Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service:

 

This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

Pray with Others Live: Fighting Government Goliaths

Joyce and I led in prayer on six articles on today's program, including the article I wrote, "NPR’s Unintentional Puff Piece on Architect of the Heartbeat Bill." 

Here's my interview with Janet Folger Porter, which includes a fun story of how she got the idea for the Heartbeat Bill:


Here's today's program:


Get updates for future Intercessors for America programs at www.RichDrama.com/Prayer.

I play a lead in Providence, which you can bring to your area.

Welcome the King of Glory!

It was a busy Holy Week for us, so I'm a bit late on this but wanted to post it as a way of keeping our minds on Who the Lord is.
     
Joyce encourages all to welcome the King of Glory in this Palm Sunday message from Psalm 24 at Westchester Chapel. Elizabeth S., Eva P. and Pastor Randy Solomon share testimonies within the context of the message.

Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service:

 

This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.


Report on The Revelation in Idaho


I gave this report from the Seattle-Tacoma Airport flying back to Southern Oregon where we're staying through the end of April: www.RichDrama.com/Schedule. If you've already seen the play elsewhere, I encourage you to watch the introduction by my friend, Pastor Ken Redford, whom I mention in the report you just watched. He tells how I introduced him to Jesus when we were in junior high.

There you can watch my performance of The Revelation through this week only.



I'll be performing Journey to the Garden on Resurrection Day in Southern Oregon: www.RichDrama.com/JourneyAtTalent
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Journey to the Garden in Talent, Oregon

I'm looking forward to sharing my one-man play Journey to the Garden at Talent Friends Church on Resurrection Day, April 17, at 11:00 a.m. If you're in the area, I hope you can join us:

Talent Friends Church
50 Talent Avenue
Talent, Oregon

Here's a video I put together about it:


If you're in the area, please consider printing this poster and putting it up. Be sure to click here or the poster first so you're printing the higher resolution version.


And if you know anyone in Southern Oregon, please send them to www.RichDrama.com/JourneyAtTalent.


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

God's Glory on Display!

Joyce and I are at the half-way point of our two months in the Pacific Northwest, and we recently took a day-trip to Crater Lake, the deepest lake in America. Here are some of our adventures:


And here's an album from the trip: Crater Lake '22.

Join us for upcoming performances and see the plays and dates I can offer in your community at www.RichDrama.com/Schedule.

I play a lead in Providence, which you can bring to your area.

Pray with Others Live: Targeted Afghanis Tell American Intercessors: “You Are Our Hope”

Today Joyce and I were on Intercessors for America's program Pray with Others Live, and I got to share about an article and video I've literally been working on for months: Targeted Afghanis Tell American Intercessors: “You Are Our Hope” tracking what friends and colleagues of mine on Janet Porter's sitcom What's a Girl to Do are doing to liberate Afghanis who are in Taliban crosshairs for helping America or because of their Christian faith. Joyce and I divided up the other articles. 

Watch the program by clicking here or the image below. There was a power outage at IFA headquarters, and we resumed the broadcast at the 8:00m mark....


And here's the video with interviews of Afghanis now living in freedom and one of their liberators:


 
I Dreamed I Was Free tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War.


God Redeems Poor Choices

For our Bible study this morning Joyce teaches on the story of Abraham, Sarah, Tamar, Ishmael, Isaac and their descendants from these passages, which she and I read: 


Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service:



This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

Pray Over Broadway Live: The Lyceum Theatre

Today marks one year that we’ve been praying over Broadway theatres. This one is not live, since I’m in Southern Oregon (www.RichDrama.com/Schedule).


I Dreamed I Was Free tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War.


Pray with Others Live: Focus on the Ukraine

Joyce and  led Intercessors for America in praying over six articles from www.HeadlinePrayer.org yesterday, one of which I wrote: "While Mandates Fall, Don't Drop Your Guard," which is a follow-up to my previous article, “Oregon’s Radical Approach to Covid-19.”

  

To get updates so you can pray with us live, sign up at www.RichDrama.com/Prayer.


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

This Is My Child

I worked on this three years ago, in Alberta, Canada, as a performer and as acting coach. It was released today on International Women's Day.


I'm so pleased with how it turned out, and not only was it worth the wait, but it's coming out when more people are talking about the sanctity of life in the womb than ever before. 

Praying this little film will help any who are struggling with past choices.

Their website, with resources for those regretting abortion, is www.ThisIsMyChild.com. I'm particularly blessed by this page because it tells the story of God's love for us through the lens of the film.

I play a lead in Providence, which you can bring to your area.

Pray Over Broadway Live: The Booth Theatre

I prayed over the Booth Theatre at 222 W. 45th Street at 2:22 on 2/22/22 quoting Isaiah 22:22. Click here or on the image to join the prayer.


For more in this series visit www.RichDrama.com/PrayOverBroadwayLive.


See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

Honor Fellow Believers

Joyce illuminates 1 Peter 3:7

Click the arrows below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service:

Here's Joyce's introduction to the video:



And here's the main sermon:



The audio version of the sermon is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.

I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.


George Washington: Soldier, President, Intercessor

My article about Washington’s Armor, "George Washington: Soldier, President, Intercessor," posted last Tuesday on www.HeadlinePrayer.org. It posted again on Presidents’ Day as “Celebrate What Our First President Got Right—Prayer.” The film will premiere on NTD or you can watch online at www.NTD.com at 8 p.m. Eastern. You can watch it on-demand now on EpochTV.

On the February 8 www.HeadlinePrayer.org posted Joyce’s article about songwriting couple, Natasha and David Owens. His dreams become her songs: IFA Singer's Story of Healing and Hope

We both got to talk about our articles and more on Pray with Other's Live that day

Here’s my interview with producer/director Tammy Lane and Willie Mellina, who plays George Washington:


Here’s Tammy’s announcement about the debut of the first film in the trilogy, The Journey:
 

Here are some behind the scenes photos: www.RichDrama.com/WashingtonArmorPhotos.


I Dreamed I Was Free tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War.


Preparing for Princess Cut

Princess Cut 3 will debut on Valentine's Day, and I thought I'd encourage you to watch the first two if you haven't already seen them. 

I got to play Nigel Livengood in the first one, and we've been waiting for the right moment to share this video I put together while preparing for the role, and this is it! 


I sat in the window seat on my flight to set, and the guy who sat next to me had a mustache as big as mine! I thought about saying, "We'll have to tell whoever comes next that this row is reserved for large mustaches. Wouldn't you know the guy in the aisle seat had a big mustache, too! Wish I'd taken a photo! 

Hope you enjoy all three Princess Cut films! 

I play a lead in Providence, which you can bring to your area.


Ruth: a Picture of Loyalty

Here's the latest Treasure Seekers episode, "Ruth: a Picture of Loyalty":


Here's a longer version for older youth, told as Rich: "Rich Swingle Tells the Story of Ruth."
 
See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online, performed at the Singapore Expo on the heels of the 2010 Youth Olympics, and book a live performance

Walking on Water... in Pakistan

I preached in a Sunday morning service in Pakistan... at about 2:30 a.m. in New York City over the internet. 

Here's my report:


Here's the Scripture, performed on the Sea of Galilee in 2014:


Here's the sermon:


You can give toward the rescue of Afghanis in danger by giving at www.F2A.org and putting "For Afghanistan" in the notes.


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

Washington's Armor BJ Arnett Interviews Michael W. Smith, Tammy Lane and Tyler Smith

On this interview on BJA Today BJ Arnett sits with Tammy Lane, the producer and director of Washington's Armor, Tyler Smith, who composed music for the trio of films, and Michael W. Smith, who plays Lt. Colonel James Innes and speaks favorably of me as his accent coach. Praise the Lord! It was a real blessing working with him on that. 


The first film in the series, The Journey, will be released on Presidents’ Day, February 21st. It will be streaming on NTD News and The Epoch Times! 

I Dreamed I Was Free tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War.