The FIRST NATIONAL VETERANS THEATER FESTIVAL
Feast of Crispian, In residency at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, presents:
WEEKLY MEETING: WEDNESDAYS, 4:00 - 6:00 @ St John's Church, 5500 W. Greenfield Avenue
Socialize, work on scenes, learn, discuss.
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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 Crispian
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 requires. They are once again in a tight unit – a “band of brothers” – where the safety and 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 service member’s ability to connect with others. Experiencing a wide range of emotions is at the heart of a satisfying and happy life.