Feast of Crispian, a non-profit theater organization that uses the works of Shakespeare to work with military veterans, is proud to announce the first-ever National Veterans Theater Festival, which will take place at Milwaukee Rep’s Stiemke Studio May 23-26, 2019. The festival will offer Milwaukee veteran and civilian audiences a chance to see performances by a wide array of veteran actors and artists who will explore issues of race, returning home, and processing their (military) experiences.

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National Veterans Theater Festival Presentation Schedule

All plays include a TalkBack immediately following the performance.

She Went To War

Thursday, May 23, 7:30pm
And Comes Safe Home 2
Presented by Feast of Crispian

Approximately 90 minutes

The heart of this piece is the exploration and communication of veteran’s personal stories through both their own words and the words of Shakespeare’s plays accompanied by live music from military veteran and singer-songwriter Jason Moon.

The Color of Courage

Friday, May 24, 7:30pm
The Color of Courage
Presented by Mitchell Capel and Sonny Kelly

Approximately 75 minutes

Approximately 180,000 African Americans, comprising 163 units served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Mitchell Capel and Sonny Kelly are “a force to be reckoned with” as they bring to life a fraction of the untold stories of the hundreds of thousands of unsung heroes...heroes whose glory and honor have remained unspoken for entirely too long. With its powerfully poetic embodiment of these rare stories, framed by a multi-media presentation, this experience leaves audiences breathlessly enlightened and ultimately encouraged.

She Went To War

Saturday, May 25, 2:00pm
She Went to War
Presented by The Telling Project

Approximately 55 minutes

In March 2017, She Went to War opened at The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. She Went to War  is new work by The Telling Project, an autobiographical performance by four female veterans, all of whom, in widely varying capacities, experienced significant combat exposure during their terms in the military. Their stories speak to and for many, many more women whose roles put them in the line of fire. SWTW will be an opportunity for the American public to understand and acknowledge the distinctive and important roles women have played on the battlefield.


Saturday, May 25, 7:30pm
Presented by The Combat Hippies

Approximately 70 minutes

Amal (hope in Arabic) is a theater/spoken word piece written and performed by the Combat Hippies, an ensemble of Puerto Rican veterans of the Iraq War, and was developed and directed by award winning theater artist Teo Castellanos. It delves into the impact of war on both combatants and noncombatants as people of color, shares experiences of veteran’s adjustment to life after war, as well as that of refugees and asylum seekers from war-torn countries. The piece will be influenced by an aesthetic we are calling “Afro Rican Punk.”  

De-Cruit Cry Havoc

Sunday, May 26, 2:00pm
De-Cruit: Cry Havoc
Performed by Stephan Wolfert

Approximately 75 minutes

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.



National Veterans Theater Festival Pricing

Full $30
Senior $25
Student $25
Veterans $20

Festival 3-Play Pass $75 – Purchase
Festival 5 Play Pass $100 -  Purchase

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