The Dramatic Work of Rich and Joyce Swingle

Living Word

02.18.17 07:42 PM Comment(s) By Rich

I play a science teacher, who flunks the main character because she put God in her science paper. At the moment we were filming that scene a young man burst into the classroom and told us there was plenty of scientific evidence that God exists. I immediately broke character and explained that my character was the antagonist, and that between takes I was explaining how flimsy quasi-science is which tries to refute the existence of God, and we were praying for those under the delusion that there is no God. Seconds later I was wishing I'd stayed in character and said, "Well, young man, why don't you explain it to the class!"

I also got to serve as acting coach, and it was such great fun! So much so that I added "Coaching for Film" to my Workshops page.

We filmed in Bismarck, ND, which was my 50th state to visit.

I could have checked it off the list years ago! I was performing in Moorhead, MN, and I drove past the bridge to Fargo. I passed it by thinking I'd already been to ND. I got back to NYC and looked at a map on my wall: South Dakota! It was South Dakota! But I got to work with some wonderful folks, saw miracle after miracle, and it probably wouldn't have happened if I'd crossed that bridge all those years ago! So glad now that I didn't!

You can watch it here:

Watch the world premiere of "Living Word." Chad Burns​, director of  Beyond the Mask​, spoke at the event, and they include a video of my comments from behind the scenes.

Nicol Films is doing some great work. Be sure to follow them on Facebook. They're talking about using me in another project, which I look forward to doing!


I Dreamed I Was Free tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War.

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