“We were recruited and wired for war but never DE-cruited and rewired for society.” These are the words of Stephan Wolfert, a U.S. Army veteran and actor who founded the DE-CRUIT program, which is returning to Fairbanks in November and December for a series of activities, including a three-week workshop to help veterans and military personnel heal from trauma. All events are free.
A screening of “Cry Havoc!” will take place Monday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, 101 Dunkel St. The film reproduces the one-person play written and acted by Wolfert, who uses Shakespeare and personal narrative to explore individual and universal reactions to trauma, including combat trauma.
Wolfert gave a live performance of “Cry Havoc!” in Fairbanks in September. He and his wife, actor Dawn Stern, are returning to offer a screening and discussion immediately following. Everyone is invited to the film, which is 75 min. long and contains depictions of war, violence, and strong language. It also contains humor, vulnerability, Shakespeare, and hope.
Wolfert and Stern will hold workshops for veterans and active duty on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 29, and Dec. 1, 6, 8, 13, and 15. The workshops will take place at 7 pm at the Morris Thompson Center. There is no cost to participate. Veterans will receive $100 for completing the course, but you can attend the first workshop without commitment. Veterans of all eras and experience are welcome. No background in Shakespeare or theatre are necessary.
Caregivers, families, and counselors who care for trauma survivors are invited to a separate workshop on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1-4 pm. All members of the public are welcome, without regard to military affiliation.
DE-CRUIT is presented by the Fairbanks Concert Association. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, made possible through support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Thank you to the Morris Thompson Center for providing the space for the movie and workshops.