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dateNovember 13, 2015 timeFriday, 6:15pm EST location The Schapiro Center, Davis Auditorium, Columbia University
  • School of General Studies, Veteran Initiatives
  • Heyman Center for Humanities Public Humanities Initiative
  • Free and open to the public
  • First come, first seated

Cry Havoc is a one-person play written and performed by Stephan Wolfert and directed by Eric Tucker.

After overcoming two years of paralysis and six years in the Army, while battling PTSD, Stephan Wolfert met William Shakespeare on a train. Twenty years later, using Shakespeare’s timeless words, actor/veteran Stephan Wolfert rides that train again. This time, leading the audience on an interactive journey through Shakespeare & his veterans.

Wolfert suggests: Men & women are tested & trained before entering the military. While in the military, men & women are tested & trained for combat. Tested to ensure "combat readiness" and trained to harness their "Berzerker-energy". After years of service, after years of testing & training for combat, after combat (for 3 of 5), there is no testing or training to leave military service. No testing to ensure "NON-combat readiness". No training to eliminate the Berzerker. Leaving the veteran and their Berzerker alone asking: "Now what?".

Shakespeare wrote about the relationships between veterans, politicians & civilians. He wrote how these relationships can either prevent or create havoc. Cry Havoc unites veterans and non-veterans, explores the difficulties that our veterans and their families face, so that we may help them eliminate the Berzerker.