Fish Eyes on Stage

Comedy, Drama, and Insight from the New Testament 

By Ted Swartz and Lee Eshleman

$26.25

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Be prepared to laugh and even to cry as the Gospel story is given fresh insight through the eyes of Peter and his brother Andrew. From a bumper crop of fish to the despair of Peter's denial to the unexpected appearance of the risen Christ, the comedy-drama team of Ted and Lee creatively reenact familiar Gospel stories to help us see these simple fisherman as real people, hip-deep in miracles, parables, questions, and ultimately faith.

Scenes from Creation Chronicles and Fish Eyes:

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The DVD contains 11 scenes that can be shown together as one long performance or used independently to highlight particular stories. A leader's guide is included.

Scenes include:

  • The Call
  • The Wedding at Cana
  • Sermon on the Mount
  • Feeding the 5,000 and the Boat Ride
  • Don't Tell Anyone
  • Triumphal Entry
  • Last Supper
  • The Arrest
  • The Denial
  • The Upper Room
  • Breakfast on the Beach

product details

Copyright: Aug. 1, 2008

Format: DVD

Length: 55 minutes

ISBN: 978-0-88489-734-7

ISBN-10: 0-88489-734-6

reviews of Fish Eyes on Stage

NCCL Member Weekly Newsletter, March 30, 2009

Face to Face in Scripture Stories
I finally had a chance to use these guys with adolescents and, while I found the youth to be engaged, it was the response of the adults that amazed me. In fact, several of the catechists who were facilitating the Confirmation retreat with me talked of purchasing their own copy of the DVD. While I only used the New Testament DVD, Fish Eyes on Stage, "Peter" and "Andrew" had me believing they really had met Jesus. I have enjoyed the "Comedy, Drama, and Insight" from Ted Swartz and Lee Eshleman in their Old Testament DVD entitled Creation Chronicles as well.

Fish-Eyes On Stage! won a Telly Award and an AXIEM Award for excellence in video production. It is also closed-captioned. . . .

Passionate performances by Ted and Lee carry the story into moments of unexpected wonder, laughter, and meaning. . . .

YouthWorker Journal, March/April 2009

Scripture Reimagined
Ted and Lee artistically have interpreted the Old Testament narrative and the Gospel in these two DVDs in a quirky, yet thoughtful way.

With strong performances, their journey through the Old Testament in Creation Chronicles is a brilliant trip through the highlights, retelling the stories of creation, the flood, Jonah and more.

Fish Eyes, on the other hand, takes the viewer through the Gospel in hilarious and thought-provoking ways. While I love both, of the two I enjoyed Fish Eyes more; but both are worth the cover price.

While each DVD comes with a sturdy guide, it's not much more than a breakdown of the Scriptures referenced in each video chapter and one or two discussion questions. While I would have liked to have seen a stronger guide, I'll definitely be using these videos in the years to come.

Reprinted with permission from the March/April, 2009, issue of YouthWorker Journal, http://www.youthworker.com.

Review by Matthew McNutt

Catholic Library World, September, 2009

These are comedic skits based on stories from the Hebrew Scriptures and filmed live before an audience. The skits are artistic interpretations meant to enhance scriptural reading and not literal retelling of the stories. Using simple sets and costumes, the performers are obviously enjoying themselves and the audience response adds to the delight.