In this gritty, honest, and funny show, Ted Swartz weaves stories from his childhood as a Mennonite middle child through failed business, young marriage and seminary into acting and the creation of a theater company, Ted and Lee Comedy, with friend and partner Lee Eshleman. Ted offers audiences a glimpse into his 20-year friendship and creative partnership with Lee Eshleman, which ended when Lee took his own life in 2007.
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. Using monologue and multi-media, Laughter is Sacred Space is honest, funny and vulnerable, and reveals the unique journey of working in the theater and church under the shadow of a mental illness, and offers hope and humor in a way that only Ted could deliver.
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