One Man Play to Be Presented Sunday, July 27 at 9am
An exciting and interactive play exploring the soldiers' experience through the timeless words of William Shakespeare
Written and performed by Stephan Wolfert
Christine Spong writes:
With a volunteer army in the United States very few people have contact with members of the military or with their families. When we watch scenes of a war in Iraq or Afghanistan on TV news it is almost as if it is a movie. When we hear about post-traumatic stress syndrome among members of our armed forces, it is just a strange medical condition that we don't understand. We have had no personal experience with it. Our daughter was a United States Marine captain and helicopter pilot for nine years. She served three tours of duty in the Iraq war. Each time she left for combat duty it was as if I stopped breathing until she came home safely. Every time the television would stream headlines across the bottom of the screen announcing the downing of a helicopter, my heart would stop. When the report would finally come that that it was not a Cobra, the helicopter she piloted, my relief was enormous -- until I began to realize that it was some other mother's child who was dead. On those four occasions when the news identified the downed helicopter as a Cobra, my feelings were frozen until our daughter would call to tell us she was safe. The ice would then ultimately melt and I would be left in a pool of unbelievable feelings. I often wondered if it were this difficult on me, a mother far removed from the front lines, what must that emotional pressure be like on those who were/are in the battle zones and subjected to these life altering pressures on a daily, ongoing basis? I share these reflections with the members of our congregation because on July 27 at the adult education class at 9 a.m. in St. Peter's Parish House a friend of ours, Stephan Wolfert, a former member of the Army's special forces and now a Broadway actor, will be present to relate in a play his own experiences of war and what it has meant to his life. We have seen this one-man play and it is a powerful, emotional and provocative performance. He has put into this play his own emotional autobiography. I hope that many of you will take this opportunity to join us at the class and to begin to understand what war means to those young men and women who have volunteered to give their services to our country. We hope to see you on Sunday July 27 at 9 a.m.