Cry Havoc is being performed Friday Evening August 28 at 7:00 PM and in a Saturday matinee August 29 at 2:00 PM at the Packer Playhouse, Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA.
Using Shakespeare’s timeless words, and a few of his own, Shakespeare & Company Training alumnus and US military veteran Stephan Wolfert weaves his own experience with some of Shakespeare’s most iconic military figures. A testament to the healing power of art and human resilience, this piece reveals how Shakespeare’s audiences wrestled with the same hopes and fears that occupy our modern lives. The director of Cry Havoc is Eric Tucker.
After six years in the Army, Stephan Wolfert hopped off an Amtrak train deep in the mountains of Montana and met William Shakespeare. Twenty years later, using Shakespeare’s timeless words and his own stories, actor/veteran Stephan Wolfert, in Cry Havoc leads the audience on an interactive journey to meet Shakespeare’s veterans.
The intent of this performance is to garner an audience of 400 that will learn/experience/discuss veteran issues. The hope is that the audiences will leave with a new sense of appreciation and a new sense of urgency regarding advocacy for veterans’ issues. The desired outcome is to motivate and move people into action. Discounts are available for veterans or active military. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 413-637-3353 or visiting their website at http://www.shakespeare.org/performances/all-performances/cry-havoc/ .
Stephan Wolfert has been engaged to spend Monday through Thursday, prior to his performance on Friday evening, with veterans in Berkshire County to discuss challenges that all veterans faced when leaving the military. Wolfert suggests that men and women are tested and trained for entrance into the military, and again tested and trained for combat, and after years of service, there is no training or testing to leave military service. Leaving the veteran asking: Now what? There will be a public session for any veteran who would like to participate on Tuesday, 25 August at 6:00 PM at the American Legion Hall on Wendell Ave in Pittsfield. For more information contact Jim Clark, Director of Veterans’ Services in Pittsfield at 413-499-9433.