Here's what we're working on. We invite your participation and support through tax-deductible donations. Together we can create a world where every person is respected, dignity is upheld, and kindness and laughter connects us across perceived boundaries. Together we can bring the arts into communities as a conduit of change, to reimagine culture, and extend places of belonging and transformation.
This book emerged from a unique Ted & Co Theaterworks tour of the play Laughter Is Sacred Space, written by and starring Ted Swartz. The play highlights his true story of grappling with the suicide of his best friend and business partner. Photographer Steven Stauffer accompanied Ted on this tour, taking stunning portraits of audience members who wanted to tell their own story of loss, or of their own wrestling with mental health.
In January 2020, shortly after the book was published, Ted & Co kicked off the first of many anticipated live performances around the book, only to have the tour end (ALL tours in fact) due to COVID. Since then, Ted, Steven and Valerie have been collaborating to create a new product - the performance reimagined for video, along with more photos from the book and Ted's history with Lee, along with a guidebook with invitations to engage the book, and performance, more fully.
This package will be offered to churches, high schools, colleges, and mental health organizations in an online format for group and individual experiences of the material, oriented toward mental health, healing, resiliency, and wholeness.
We invite you to participate with your donation to support this developing project.
This show is a rewrite from the original play, Discovery: A Comic Lament, by Alison Casella Brookins, performed by Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne. The play looks at love of land, loss of land, and what it means to "own" something.
The play examines how that "ownership" came to be defined in North America. Diving into historical documents, absurd situations,
and extended metaphors, the audience learns how the Doctrine of Discovery (the legal framework that justifies theft of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples) still carries forth its mandate, causing continued harm to land and to Indigenous People today.
The rebranded show toured in 2019, with 2020 promising at least 20 performances across the U.S. and Canada. Due to COVID, Ted & Co will again be reimagining this performance for video in 2021. Funds are needed for development, rewrites for video, filming, etc. Your donation is greatly appreciated!
The idea to create a show around the Enneagram emerged through various conversations during the We Own This Now tour, with Michelle Milne and Ted Swartz. The project will incorporate humor, empathy, and a quest for understanding self and others, a topic Michelle and Ted were already excited about—and others seemed to be as well.
Originally, the vision was for a multifaceted, flexible show. Flexible seems a key word right now... In the most recent climate, it seems imperative to be responsive to the needs of communities and audiences revamping how to interact in COVID times. The material could be presented in a variety of ways: online and live (we look forward to that time!); in shorter segments and longer ones; for audiences ranging from businesses to colleges to churches; with subject matter geared to conflict transformation, and healthy personal and business relationships.
Regardless of the form, this is an exciting project in development. The enneagram has captured people’s imaginations with both ancient and fresh understandings of ourselves and how we might relate to those we encounter at work and in personal relationships with more understanding and grace.