Stephan Wolfert, Actor/Writer/Director, MFA, (AEA, SAG) (US Army, ’86-’93, Medic & Infantry Officer) Stephan left a career in the military for a life in the theatre after seeing Shakespeare’s Richard III. Stephan Received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Trinity Repertory Conservatory. Stephan created the military segments for Twyla Tharp & Billy Joel’s Tony-Award winning production Movin’ Out. He directed and taught Shakespeare in performance at Cornell University and Antelope Valley College. He is Head of Outreach for Bedlam Theatre NYC, and an advisory member of PACH, Project for the Advancement of our Common Humanity at NYU.
The company of military Veterans performing full Shakespeare Plays:
The Los Angeles-based Veteran Theatre Company that Wolfert created
The current NYC theatre company for which Wolfert is conducting free classical acting classes for Veterans:
The NYU Think-And-Do Tank of which Wolfert is a core-member:
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Consider Richmond's orations to his soldiers in Richard III, Act V, Scenes 3 and 5, and how they bear a striking resemblance to presidential speeches delivered over the last thirteen years. Both Shakespeare's Richmond and our presidents use language to dehumanize the adversary while reinforcing camaraderie among those who are listening.
Our modern military and Shakespeare's plays are both infused with honor—a powerful tool in recruiting and building camaraderie. But what exactly is honor?
Questioning the meaning life, and contemplating an offer to go back into active duty military service, I hopped on an Amtrak and weaved my way around the western states. I jumped off in Montana and wandered into a theater. The house lights faded as a deformed man in a military uniform walked on stage.
I believe that here, Lady Percy describes the effects of combat on the veteran. I also believe that she shows, first-hand, the effects of war on the veteran's family. I find it awful that a monologue describing a rift between a combat veteran and his wife, which was written more than 400 years ago, is a rift that still exists today—throughout most of our society. This rift is a large part of what, I believe, prevents the reintegration of veterans back into society. But what is the rift between veteran and civilian?