Saturday, August 28, 2010

Luwei


I had a great time leading workshops in Singapore. This one was with Luwei Performing Artists Fellowship.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Handball at the Singapore Youth Olympics


We posted photos from our first day at the Olympics. We got to see a game of Handball: Russia against Kazakhstan.

It's quite different than what we expected! We thought they'd creatively allow us to watch a game of one-on-one racquetball-without-the-racquet. But this was 7-on-7 playing something between basketball and soccer (football for non-Americans).

You can see photos in the album Asia 2010 at Facebook.com/RichDrama and videos at the same site under videos.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A warm reception in Singapore

For my first performance here in Singapore I got to take advantage of some great lighting effects.

Several requested prayer afterward, and we saw some instant results, thank the Lord!



Youth Olympics

We're here in Singapore strategically during the Youth Olympics.





Saturday, August 21, 2010

Next week

Last night we attended the service where I'll perform Beyond the Chariots next week. The worship was awesome and the sermon inspiring. This morning's service will be at the Singapore Expo, and the pastor said that's the one that will be posted online. Don't miss it: http://FCBC.org.Sg. My favorite quote was, "You are as young as your hopes and dreams and as old as your pessimism and cynicism."



Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hit by a Mac Truck

Olivia Munn gave her life to the Lord at TAM when she was 14. Now she's 22 and prepping for full-time ministry. She preached to her former peers (though some students were older than her). Her sermon challenged them to be bold for the Lord. She said if someone said she was hit by a Mac Truck you wouldn't believe her unless there was evidence. When we encounter the Lord, who is exponentially more powerful than a Mac Truck there should be evidence of it. When Olivia called people forward to exemplify that power boldly to those around them the altar was flooded.

May we follow through with this commitment!

Siyonora, New York City

The next time we have a view from the ground it will be at the airport in Tokyo, exchanging for a plane bound for Singapore: http://Itinerary.RichDrama.com.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Inspired all over again!

When I was in college, over 20 years ago, Curt Cloninger, pictured here with Patricia Mauceri (faculty member at MasterWorks and now TAM) and myself, performed his one-man plays God Views and Red Letter Edition in our chapel at what was then George Fox College (now University). It was the first time I'd ever seen a one-man play, and something inside of me leapt!  "I can do that!" I told myself, and here I am having made a career out of it for the past 15 years.  

Seeing Curt perform Witnesses at the TAM Conservatory I was inspired all over again!  His commitment to the characters he portrays, and the fun he has with the audience and with the story telling, the surprises he plants within the piece all pushed me to take my own work to yet another level.

It's also my prayer that Curt inspires some TAM students to take the plunge and enter into this incredibly challenging and profoundly rewarding work.

I'm also praying that Curt will inspire some MasterWorks students, since he's agreed to be a master class instructor next year!

TAM Report

Here's my report on the TAM Conservatory at Westchester Chapel.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Struggle




The Struggle
© Copyright 2010 by The Salvation Army
By Elisa K, DeeJay R, Belén B, Megan P and Rich Swingle.

Developed through sociodrama (www.RichDrama.com/Workshops) under the direction of Rich Swingle (www.RichDrama.com) for The Territorial Arts Ministries Conservatory (www.theTAMjam.com), August 2010.

CAST
Megan P: MRS. WOODS
DeeJay R: VICTORIA
Elisa K: ANGELA
Belén B: EMMA

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Tableaux on Times Square, part 1



Tableaux on Times Square, video of the turn


Tableaux on Times Square, part 2



Tableaux on Times Square, part 2 close up


About a dozen groups created tableaux at the exact same instant (more or less) on Times Square. We held each contrasting image for about a minute. The reactions were inspiring. I hope we do it again in the future. A Jewish man, who had just returned from Israel was begging for us to continue.

You Lead Me

Last night's finale to the TAM Conservatory was spectacular! Phil Laeger was commissioned to write a song for us, and wow did he blow us away. After the final performance last night we danced out singing the chorus, and not long after we were all in the lobby we started in again! This morning the chapel was pulsating with praise to the tune.

They created a music video of the song, You Lead Me, with images from the past 10 years of TAM.

Here's my report from TAM along with the video:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In the city

We've arrived in New York to see West Side story and create tableaux on Times Square.

Broadway Dreams

Carol Jaudes shared her one-woman musical, Broadway Dreams last night.

I've seen it three times, but I was still laughing and weeping just as much.

In the midst of songs she's sung over the years she told the story of how she was cast in CATS on Broadway, and how, after almost a decade in the longest-running Broadway musical, she was hired by the Salvation Army to encourage the arts throughout the Northeast, including their annual conservatory where I've been teaching and directing this week: http://theTAMjam.com.



Tableaux on Times Square

Tonight at 6:20 (or so), the TAM Conservatory (http://theTAMjam.com), where I'm teaching and directing this week, will be dividing into groups and creating contrasting tableaux on Times Square. Someone will hold up a sign and the students and faculty will create a tableau based on that word. Then the sign will be flipped to reveal a contrasting word and the team will adjust to portray that word. Our small group is considering three pairs of words: Rejection/Acceptance, Lost/Saved, Unloved/Loved.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Already delivered

The group I'm directing at the TAM Conservatory developed our piece through sociodrama (http://RichDrama.com/Workshops). This morning we placed our scene in a hospital. We had our bed lined up by dinner! The IV drip is en route.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Helen Keller quoted at TAM

The theme of identity has already come up in our opening meeting for TAM, and now Carol Jaudes, who was a cast member with Susie Brown in CATS on Broadway and currently leads TAM, just quoted Helen Keller. Our theme at MasterWorks was identity and our play, The Miracle Worker, told the story of Helen Keller. I feel like I'm at a MasterWorks extension.



Saturday, August 07, 2010

TAM has begun

The Salvation Army's Territorial Arts Ministry (TAM) is launching it's 10th week-long conservatory. I think this is my 7th year as an instructor. Can't wait to see how God moves in the lives and talents of these young people this year...

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Another foot washing

Pastor Darren Ojeda was scheduled to speak last Sunday at our church, Westchester Chapel Church of the Nazarene, and when he had to be out of town it was passed to my bride, Pastor Joyce.  I had been feeling like I wanted to share the sermon I'd prepared for MasterWorks, and Joyce was feeling I should share it, too.  When Joyce told me Sunday was open I shared with her her my desire to share the sermon, and she shouted, "Me, too!"  I preached on John 13 and followed it with a foot washing, as we had done at MasterWorks.  I was shocked to see Paul Mendolia walk in!  He was at Valley Community Church of the Nazarene when I performed Journey to the Garden.  He was one of the people who came forward to have his feet washed as a part of the play.  Sunday was the first time we've ever had a foot washing at WCCC, so it was a strong confirmation to me that we were on the right track.  Paul had been in a motor cycle accident just prior to my performance three years ago, so he came forward in a wheel chair with pins sticking out of his leg to hold it up in traction.  After the service, Paul wrote our pastors the following note, which he's agreed to share.  Little did I know all that our foot washing would be confirming for him!

Date:   August 1, 2010 1:47:03 PM EDT
Subject:   my first visit

Pastor Warren:

Today was my first visit to Westchester Chapel. Upon entering your fine church I immediately felt comfortable. The Holy Spirit moved me for the past week to make sure I got there and all I can say is that I regret not having gotten there sooner. To see you and Rich Swingle once again just made me feel like I had been there for some time. I assure you that I am already looking forward to next Sunday.

I have been away from church since I have had to move to the Bronx more than three years ago to take care of my mother on a full-time basis. To say the least my world has become very small and I knew that it was time to get back to worship.

To be there on the day that feet were being washed, for me, I am certain, that the Holy Spirit got me there for that reason as it was Rich who washed my feet more that 3 years ago at Valley Community. It humbled me to tears to know that although I may have turned away from God at times He never left me for one second.

The music and worship was so uplifting. I cannot say enough about the joy that I felt and still feel from having visited today.

Thank you,
Paul Mendolia

After the foot washing three years ago Paul reported that he experienced quick healing in his leg.  During the foot washing on Sunday he made sure that I poured water over the scars left from the pins.  I'm praying for further healing in every part of Paul!

You can listen to the sermon here: Finding Our Identity in the Upper Room




Tuesday, August 03, 2010

John Forbes' report on MasterWorks


John Forbes, international and Off-Broadway producer, posted a great report on his time of sharing at MasterWorks Festival.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Our Town


I just came across of photo from our production of Our Town last year at MasterWorks in which I played The Stage Manager.

Meeting with students from Asbury University

We're in the Empire State Building meeting with Mastermedia members (http://MastermediaIntl.org) and students from Asbury University who have come to New York City to enhance their studies. Their leader said meeting with Mastermedia is always the highlight of their trip.