Arts and media ministry leaders of New York City and friends,
Though I've lived in Manhattan since 1993, one month each year I direct the theatre program for The MasterWorks Festival (http://RichDrama.com/MasterWorks) in Winona Lake, Indiana, where Billy Graham kept an office and Billy Sunday lived and held revivals. We're taking our students, who come from ten different states and Melbourne, Australia, to New York to perform for agents and casting directors (details follow), and I wanted our students to meet people from as many different arts groups as possible. So I've invited Euna Lee to tell the story of her arrest in North Korea on March 17th, 2009. She and her colleague Laura Ling were filming a documentary along the China / North Korea border. They were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in one of North Korea's prison camps, but former President Bill Clinton went to North Korea to arrange for their release.
After that I'd like to invite each of you who run ministries to share a bit about your work with our students. In turn, we'd like to offer an enacted prayer for you and your organization. Enacted prayer was developed about seven years ago, and it was the idea of a student at a small Christian college. I've facilitated enacted prayer in many of the 23 nations in which I've performed, and it's always moved people in profound ways. We offered them here at The MasterWorks Festival a couple of weeks ago, and--as they do every year--people stayed until campus security shut us down almost three hours later. Don't worry! We won't keep you until midnight!
I do believe something profound will happen as various arts and media groups come together to inspire the next generation over a dramatic story and this dramatic form of prayer.
You can find out more about enacted prayer at http://RichDrama.com/Workshops .
Euna will be sharing her story with us on July 11th at 7:30 PM.
Location: Theater 315, 315 West 47th Street, NYC
I'm sure I'm missing some NYC arts groups, so feel free to forward this to leaders and invite your members.
Information on our performances follows. Though the showcases on Thursday are geared toward agents and casting directors we'd love to have as many people as possible in all of our performances.
Hope to see you very soon!
Pope John Paul II's "The Jeweler's Shop"
NEW YORK (July 12, 2012) – The MasterWorks Festival Theatre Program, an annual summer program in Winona Lake, Indiana -- for elite students of classical music, theatre, dance, and opera instructed by world-class faculty from around the globe -- will hold a special acting showcase of "A Midsummer Afternoon's Love" for agents & casting directors in New York City, July 12th at 4:30 and 6PM at The Ellington Room of Manhattan Plaza located at 400 West 43rd Street; followed by two performances of Pope John Paul II's "The Jeweler's Shop" at Off-Broadway's Theatre 315 located at 315 W. 47th St., July 13th and 14th at 7:30PM. Admission is Free.
"The Jeweler's Shop" portrays three couples facing episodes of joy, pain, love and marriage, while asking the question: "What does it mean to fall in love?" MasterWorks Festival Theatre Program director Rich Swingle (www.RichDrama.com) directs 14 aspiring and professional actors from around the world, ages 17 to 32 including Brandon Langeland, (masters from Regent University), playing the lead role of Adam; Irene Kao, as Teresa, studied at Melbourne's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), where Cate Blanchett and Mel Gibson trained. Elizabeth Lobach, sharing the role of Teresa, is en route to USC School of Theatre after studying filmmaking in Cape Town, S.A. Danny Cornett, playing Stefan, can be seen in upcoming Olympic soccer film "For the Glory" opposite Jason Burkey ("October Baby"). Swingle also directed "The Miracle Worker," "Cyrano de Bergerac," co-directing "Tartuffe" and "Our Town" with renown acting coach John Kirby ("Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe," "Déjà Vu"). An accomplished theater actor who has performed his one-man plays in 23 nations, Swingle is scheduled to perform in Puerto Rico, Transylvania & London during the Olympics this summer. He also appeared in 8 feature films including upcoming French and Indian War movie "Alone Yet Not Alone" & "The Screenwriters."
Patricia Mauceri (www.PatriciaMauceri.com) who directed the industry showcase "A Midsummer Afternoon's Love" directed "The Crucible" at MasterWorks in 2007 and currently teaches On-Camera Acting at TVI Studios. A graduate of The Juilliard School Drama Division in early years (alongside actors Patti LuPone, Kevin Kline & Kelsey Grammer), Mauceri's 40-year career includes performances on Broadway, film & television alongside Christopher Plummer, James Earl Jones, Johnny Depp, Richard Dreyfuss, Gene Hackman, and other luminaries.
MasterWorks Theatre Program students receive Master Class instruction from Broadway actors, filmmakers, casting directors, improv masters and Hollywood producers. Some past and present instructors include Bev Holloway, Ken Wales, Edwina Findley, Carol Doscher, MWF alumna Kaelen Carrier and Phillip Telfer.
For more info, faculty and actor bios/photos, visit www.RichDrama.com/MWFFaculty. MasterWorks is sponsored by Christian Performing Artists' Fellowship, under the direction of Dr. Patrick Kavanaugh. Industry, teens & adults welcome. RSVP to Rich Swingle at Phone@RichDrama.com or Shelly Woods, SDI Entertainment at firstname.lastname@example.org.