Feast Of Crispian is a non-profit organization bringing together professional actors
with post deployment service veterans in order to teach and strengthen emotional resources that veterans need to overcome traumatic
 and reintegration issues.

Feast of Crispin

Shakespeare with Vets

 

USING BASIC ACTING TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES AND THE POWERFUL WORDS AND STORIES OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, WE HELP THESE WOUNDED WARRIORS BE HEARD AND SEEN IN THE EXPRESSION OF THEIR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS. THIS ALLOWS THEM TO MORE EASILY HEAR, SEE AND RESPECT THE THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS OF OTHERS, RECONNECTING THEM WITH THEIR OWN SENSE OF SELF WORTH AND WITH THEIR COMMUNITIES.

 

Our country is currently in a crisis of need for programs that help veterans who are returning from war with wounds that keep them from successfully reconnecting with family, employment and community. Although the understanding of the hidden wounds, such as PTSD, is growing and the stigma of such wounds is decreasing, the need for a variety of programs that help these men and women is enormous. Feast of Crispian is a unique program that reaches these inner wounds in a wide range of ways.

Through specially modified acting techniques, we are able to immediately get our vets up on stage, speaking, moving and making the emotional connections that telling these stories require. They are once again in a tight unit – a “band of brothers” – where the safety and the well being of the individual is the concern and the duty of the whole group. We use physical and emotional exercises and honest discussion to further strengthen the serviceman’s ability to connect with others. Experiencing a wide range of emotions is at the heart of a satisfying and happy life.

 

 
 

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Henry V

 

This day is called the feast of Crispian:

He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,

Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,

And rouse him at the name of Crispian.

 

He that shall see this day, and live old age,

Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,

And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:'

Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.

 

And say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.

'Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot, 

 

But he'll remember with advantages

What feats he did that day:

This story shall the good man teach his son;

 

And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, 

From this day to the ending of the world,

But we in it shall be remember'd;

 

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

For he to-day that sheds his blood with me

Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,

 

This day shall gentle his condition:

And gentlemen in England now a-bed 

Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,

And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks

That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.