CRY HAVOC! Returns to 4th Wall In June
This June, by popular demand, CRY HAVOC! is back at 4th Wall Theatre Company in a limited two-week engagement. The award-winning, thought-provoking one-man show is the theater company's final play of the season.
Written by and starring Stephan Wolfert of the acclaimed New York City-based Bedlam theatre company, Cry Havoc! runs June 7th through June 18th, 2017 at STUDIO 101.
This must-see production is directed by Bedlam co-founder and Artistic Director Eric Tucker, who the Wall Street Journal named "the outstanding American classical stage director of his generation."
Cry Havoc! made its Texas premiere at 4th Wall Theatre in 2016 (with two performances held in conjunction with the 4th Wall/Bedlam production of Saint Joan), and 4th Wall is thrilled to provide Houston theatre-goers with another opportunity to experience this singular production. During Cry Havoc!'s recent successful runs in both New York and Boston, the Boston Globe noted that "powerful theater can ensue when an artist...decides to bear witness: this is what I saw, this is what I experienced, this is what I think it means, this is why you should care. Stephan Wolfert commits himself body and soul to that mission in Cry Havoc! and the result is riveting."
Cry Havoc! explores the psychological trauma of war-both on and off the battlefield. A U.S. Army veteran, Stephan Wolfert traded his military career for a life in the theatre after seeing a production of Shakespeare's Richard III. In Cry Havoc!, Wolfert recounts gripping tales of his military service, weaving this personal narrative with lines from some of Shakespeare's most famous speeches. As the New York Times details, this profoundly compelling play "takes its title from Mark Antony's speech over the slain Caesar in Julius Caesar, [and] intercuts Mr. Wolfert's own memories with text borrowed from Shakespeare. Decoupling those lines from their plays, Mr. Wolfert uses them to explore strength and duty, bravery and trauma, examining what it is to be in the military and what it is to carry that experience back into civilian life."
Prepare to be captivated by 4th Wall Theatre's production of the award-winning and thought-provoking one-man show Cry Havoc! Written by and starring Stephan Wolfert of the acclaimed New York City-based Bedlam theatre company, Cry Havoc! previews on Wednesday, June 7th, opens on Thursday, June 8th, and runs through Sunday, June 18th, 2017. All performances include a talk-back with Stephan Wolfert and will be held at 4th Wall's STUDIO 101, located at Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, Texas, 77007. A special performance for veterans will be held at the DeGeorge at Union Station on Wednesday, June 14th.
Regular show times are as follows: Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, Saturday matinees at 2:30 pm, and Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm. Veteran Tickets: $10 with code: "Vet" (Available for Veterans and their Families). Individual tickets (priced at $29 for adults, $23 for seniors and $15 for students) and $49 Premier Reserved tickets are available for all performances. To purchase tickets for Cry Havoc!, visit 4th Wall Theatre Company's (formerly Stark Naked Theatre Company) website at 4thwalltheatreco.com or call 832.866.6514.
About the Cast and Creative Team of Cry Havoc!*:
Stephan Wolfert (Actor/Writer) US Army, '86-'93, Medic & Infantry Officer. Stephan left a career in the military for a life in the theatre after seeing Shakespeare's Richard III. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence, Rhode Island. He was a cast member in the long running hit Sense and Sensibility produced by Bedlam in New York City and also appeared in Bedlam's acclaimed production of Saint Joan. On Broadway, Stephan created and directed the military segments for Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel's Tony-Award winning production Movin' Out. As an artistic leader, Stephan co-created the largest touring Shakespeare company in New England, directed and taught acting Shakespeare at Cornell University and at Antelope Valley College.
Stephan is currently a company member and the Head of Outreach for Bedlam in NYC. He is also the creator of DE-CRUIT: a program to reintegrate military Veterans using classical actor training. Combining his own personal story of leaving the army and pursuing a career in the arts with Shakespeare's writings on war, he created the solo piece Cry Havoc! which he has performed around the country. Bedlam is currently producing a month long run at the New Ohio Theatre in NYC. It won a Berkshire Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Play for its Shakespeare & Co. production, with Stephan and director Eric Tucker receiving awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor and Outstanding Direction of a Play, respectively. Frequently combined with public events for veterans, other performances of Cry Havoc! have occurred at the Access Theater, Brooklyn Historical Society and Columbia University in NYC, Fourth Wall Theater, Syracuse University, Friends of the Semel Institute in LA and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and many others.
The organizations he runs and the performances of the solo show combine to share his passion for the idea that while we are very good at recruiting people into the military, we are far less skilled at de-cruiting them back into civilian life. Don Aucoin of the Boston Globe has said "Stephan Wolfert commits himself body and soul to that mission in Cry Havoc!, and the result is riveting."
Eric Tucker (Director) Wall Street Journal Director of the Year 2014. Off Broadway: Vanity Fair (The Pearl); Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility (Off Broadway Alliance Award, Lucille Lortel Best Director nomination, Drama League Best Revival nomination); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Drama League Best Revival nomination, Wall Street Journal Best Classical Production 2015, New York Times Critics' Pick); Bedlam's Saint Joan (New York Times/Time Magazine Top 10, Off Broadway Alliance Best Revival 2014); Bedlam's Halmet (New York Times Top 10, Time Out NY/Backstage Critics' Pick); Tina Packer's Women of Will. For Bedlam: Hamlet/Saint Joan: McCarter Theatre; Central Sq. Theater (Elliott Norton: Outstanding Visiting Production/Outstanding Ensemble, Boston Globe Top Ten); Dead Dog Park, New York Animals (World Premiere by Steven Sater/Burt Bacharach), Twelfth Night and What You Will (NY Times Critics' Picks), The Seagull (WSJ Best Classical Production 2014), Sense & Sensibility (NY Times Top 10, NY Times/WSJ/Time Out Critics' Picks). Other: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Two River), Disney's Beauty & The Beast (OSF); Pericles (APT); Sense & Sensibility (The Folger Theater, 8 Helen Hayes nominations including Best Director and Best Production), Copenhagen (Central Square Theater), A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (HVSF), Mate (The Actors' Gang). Eric received his M.F.A. from the Trinity Rep Conservatory. He resides in New York City where he is Artistic Director of Bedlam.