The play

"rebel yell"


It is July 4th, 1920. In and around the South Carolina Home for Confederate Veterans, a nursing home in Columbia, South Carolina. This play centers around 4 characters:

William Edens, a 75 year-old, cantankerous confederate veteran born in 1844, was just 16 years old when he joined the rebel forces during the American Civil War. He is in a wheelchair.

Samuel Edens, 45 years old and William's son, is an intelligent lawyer with a sensitive side.

Sam Edens Jr is a 16-year old athletic, mischievous, and impressionable man with an inquisitive mind. He is a good student.

Lucicius Foster, a 48-year old man of African American decent, is an orderly in the nursing home for Confederate Veterans. He is friendly with a winning way and grew up with Samuel. 

On this day, these four men must deal with the past, the present, and a painful decision. 

Please note: An actual recording of the Rebel Yell will be played for the performance. It is visceral and disturbing.  Be prepared.

The playwright

Ted Swindley


For over twenty-five years, Ted Swindley has directed and/or produced over 200 plays. He is nationally known for creating the hit musical ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, which opened in New York in June, 1997, while continuing to play throughout the world. Some of his outstanding directorial credits include World Premieres, Classics and Musicals.

Mr. Swindley was named to Esquire magazine’s register of Americans for Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Letters and was featured in Southern Living magazine. He was the recipient of the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award for Outstanding Direction and nominated for the prestigious Los Angeles Critics Award for his work at the Pasadena Playhouse. He has been a member of the prestigious Writers and Directors Unit of New York’s famed Actors Studio.

As Playwright and Director, Mr. Swindley created the hit musical ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, which has been produced all over the world. Mr. Swindley has served as dramaturg on numerous new plays which had their premiere at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston. Internationally, he has directed touring productions in the UK and Australia.

Mr. Swindley is the Founding Artistic Director of Stages Repertory Theatre, the second largest theatre in Houston, Texas. There he implemented such diverse programming as the Texas Playwrights’ Festival, for which he won national recognition in 1986 from the Wall Street Journal and Backstage magazine.

He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Houston, a Master of Arts from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Arts from Furman University. He has studied at the Lincoln Center Institute and the Institute of European Studies in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Swindley is President/Executive Director of Ted Swindley Productions and APC, Inc., theatrical licensing companies. He is an active member of the Dramatists Guild and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Mr. Swindley is available as artistic consultant, guest director or playwright in residence. As dramaturg and writer, he also accepts commissioned works and consults on the development of new plays and musicals.