This is the first time I've released one of my one-man plays to the general public.
This performance of Beyond the Chariots was filmed live at the Singapore Expo for about 5,600 on the heels of the Youth Olympics.
The four-time Academy Award-winning film Chariots Of Fire tells how Eric Liddell refused to run the 100 meters in the 1924 Paris Olympics because a qualifying heat was held on a Sunday. Instead he ran the 400 meters, a race in which he wasn't expected to place. He finished it five meters ahead of the favorite, winning the gold and breaking the world record.
My one-man play, Beyond the Chariots, picks up where the film left off: Leaving fame and fortune behind, Eric runs his greatest race, as a missionary to war-torn China.
The event, which was hosted by Faith Community Baptist Church, was closed by Rev. Eugene Seow with rousing comments on themes from the play and Eric Liddell's life.
There's now a new film covering Eric Liddell's last years, On Wings of Eagles. It opens November 3 in theaters and online, and I'll will be speaking after two of the NYC screenings. Find out more and read my review of the film at www.RichDrama.com/OnWingsOfEagles.
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I’m not sure which was better: the writing or the acting.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker for Chechoslovakia 1968
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Film Festival, 2016.
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--Joan Bauer, novelist
Author of Hope Was Here, Stand Tall, and Rules of the Road
Awards include: Newbery Honor Medal, the LA Times Book Prize, the Christopher Award
...a fine story, lovingly and energetically told.
...the acting capabilities on show in this one-man show...were...astounding...
It is hard to tell a story as a single actor involving multiple characters - ambitious always, but Rich brought clarity and had a strong point of view throughout. His character work is really good and as always, his dialects are wonderful!
Actor, Director, Producer
TV, Film - Stage - Off-Broadway, NYC
I have just returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, having seen Beyond the Chariots. I thought it was BRILLIANT and marvelously performed. I would like to know if there are any plans to perform it in London?
Get everyone to see this that you can!
Emmy Award-winning makeup artist for Saturday Night Live
I was impressed with Rich’s work as an actor and producer for Beyond the Chariots. Every moment was skillful.
Great performance--authentic, moving, thought provoking! Beyond the Chariots grips you with Eric Liddell’s story of success to significance.
—Dr. James Hudson Taylor III
Great-grandson of Hudson Taylor, who founded the China Inland Mission, now Overseas Mission Fellowship International
When he was a boy, Dr. Taylor was in the internment camp with Eric Liddell.
(Rich has) exuberance and high energy in the portrayal of several well-defined characters of the piece. This guy is REALLY talented!
General Manager, Drama Desk Awards
President, 5 Stone Productions, LLC
If you need an event that will inspire believers in Christ, draw seekers to Christ, entertain all and amaze everyone, this is it!
—Susan Somerville Brown
CATS on Broadway
This is going to blow you away! I've seen Chariots of Fire about 20 times, but I think this is more interesting.
Trail Christian Fellowship
Shady Cove, OR
Swingle's one-man, high-energy... play...won him many hearts.
—David Nadeau, The Capital, Three Hills, Alberta, Canada
I cannot possibly express how much last night's event moved me, apart from your amazing talent and marvelous dramatic presentation. Having never known my father, I have... looked for authentic experiences that confirm my impressions of him as a man. "Beyond the Chariots" made you feel the intensity and the "blood, sweat and tears" of my Father's life. It was wonderful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
—Maureen (Liddell) Moore
Dr. James Hudson Taylor, III, wrote an informational tribute to Eric Liddell for our Off-Broadway program, which you can read here. For a list of books by and about Eric Liddell visit www.EricLiddell.org/ericliddell/books.
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Beyond the Chariots.