De-Cruit: Cry Havoc
Sunday, May 26, 2019
2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Stiemke Studio, 108 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI (map)
Performed by Stephan Wolfert
The final event of The First National Veterans Theater Festival
Approximately 75 minutes; audience talkback following
Using Shakespeare’s timeless words, and a few of his own, actor/veteran Stephan Wolfert leads us on an interactive journey to meet Shakespeare’s veterans. He also brings us face to face with one of the most vexing military – and civilian – problems of our time.
Men and women are tested and trained before entering the military. While serving in the military, they continue to be tested and trained to ensure “combat readiness”. But there’s no “off switch”. After years of testing and training to maintain combat readiness, there is no testing and training to leave military service and rejoin the civilian world. Shakespeare had something to say about that. He wrote about the relationships between veterans, politicians and civilians. He wrote about how these relationships can either prevent or create havoc.
De-Cruit: Cry Havoc unites veterans with civilians. It shows us that the military men and women of Shakespeare’s time wrestled with the same hopes and worries that occupy our modern lives. It explores the difficulties that our veterans and their families face. And maybe, just maybe, it will help them truly come home.
" ...with the rhythm of a fireworks finale - it builds and explodes and builds and explodes - we realize the show is also about history, drama, justice and mental health."
~ Wei-Huan Chen, Houston Chronicle