We Happy Few: An Exploration of the Feast of Crispian and Military Stories in Shakespeare
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This thesis examines the theatre group Feast of Crispian, a non-profit organization which brings together professional actors with post-deployment service veterans. The group formed in 2012 and is in the process of teaching and strengthening emotional resources that veterans need to overcome traumatic and reintegration issues. This thesis examines the group’s methods, backed by accounts from veterans who participated in the programs they sponsor. Along with a focus on Feast of Crispian, the thesis also lists and gives information on other theatre programs in America that cater to veterans. Next, it goes through Shakespearean plays and analyzes texts that reflect and relate to the feelings of soldiers and their families. Finally, the thesis explains how I intend to set up a theatre program that serves veterans and maybe other at-risk communities.
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The theatre and the military -- History of the Feast of Crispin -- The military in Shakespeare -- What is needed for my program -- Appendix