A Clear Leading

A Clear Leading is Rich's critically acclaimed one-person, two-act play about John Woolman, who spoke out against slavery over a century before the Civil War. The play has received positive reviews from newspapers and magazines around the world, and it is as popular in theatres as it is in churches. As playwright, Rich has constructed events in the play which symbolize incidents and ideas from Woolman's life. The result is a compelling plot, focused on Woolman's turbulent youth. This makes the play particularly relevant to teens. The issues raised by the play are electrifying, challenging audience members of all ages not to settle for what our culture declares to be the norm, challenging them not to let the curse of racism fall upon the next generation. A Hot Seat, which follows A Clear Leading, allows Mr. Woolman to field questions from the audience. Rich stays in character, answering questions that arise for any of the characters in the play. This can be as powerful as the play itself, allowing audience members to explore the themes that stirred them.

A Clear Leading was selected to be a part of The New York City PRICE OF LIFE INVITATIONAL, a city-wide, campus-based, faith-inspired campaign addressing human trafficking in all its forms. Spearheaded by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in partnership with 75+ diverse organizations it was the largest human trafficking awareness campaign in the history of New York City. Rich's performance took place October 8, 2013, at City College.


Wow. Wow. Most moving artistic display against slavery I have ever seen. 
--Tim Craig Campus Staff - NYC Arts Ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Rich Swingle, playwright and actor, brings excellent stage presence and physical exuberance to his performance of the one-person play, A Clear Leading. ... (Swingle) is a master of a large variety of voices and dialects, switching characters with hats and other minimal props to pull off a well-paced and provocative drama, even when he is the only actor on stage.
-Wayne Copenhaver
"A Clear Leading: A One-person play about John Woolman"
Quaker Life, January/February 1997

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