Theologian/Comedian Ted Schwartz at St. Davids March 20-21
St. Davids, PA, February 24, 2014: An actor/writer/biblical story teller/comedian named Ted Schwartz is coming to Eastern University at St. Davids on March 20 and 21. His Ted & Company TheaterWorks will present Laughter is a Sacred Space on Friday, March 21, at 10 AM in McInnis Auditorium at Eastern University, 1300 Eagle Road, St. Davids, PA 19087. This is part of the Windows on the World series of lectures and programs, which are free and open to the public.
On Thursday, March 20, Ted Schwartz will present I'd Like to Buy An Enemy at 8 PM in McInnis Auditorium on the campus at St. Davids. This program looks at "the assumptions and actions that lead to the creation of and the continuation of enemies."
Here are some comments about I’d Like to Buy an Enemy:
“People will laugh -- but as they do, they will learn, and perhaps even gain the courage to confront some truths that most of us manage to avoid. I wish everyone could experience, ‘I’d Like to Buy an Enemy’!” Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker
"Ted & Company reminds us that laughter is a prophetic art, 'loving our enemy' is a fine art, and critical thinking is (too often) a lost art." Jarrod McKenna, Australian Peace Award Recipient
"A Muslim friend commented after the show, 'Only comedy can make such subjects palatable.' It was more effective than a dozen sermons on the foolishness of war and the connection between war and greed." Eve MacMaster, pastor
"Sophisticated, intelligent and incredibly funny! Something for both sides of the brain--and often at the same time!" Doug Krehbiel, musician
As a theologian and thespian, Ted brings a unique perspective to his craft, creating a space where these two worlds can interact. Many people first learned to know Ted as part of the duo, Ted and Lee, working together with Lee Eshleman. Their creative partnership ended suddenly in 2007 when Lee took his own life. In Laughter is a Sacred Space, a show both humorous and vulnerably honest, Ted explores the paradox of working with a comedic partner struggling with bipolar disorder, as well as the challenge of writing and performing God’s stories while experiencing the absence of God after Lee’s death.
Ted & Company are housed at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. Ted's visit at Eastern is part of a grant he has received from Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and is sponsored by Student Development, Fine Arts, the English Department, and the Provost's Office.