Shakespeare, war, PTSD and healing. This was a brilliant podcast episode that completely grabbed me. Host Laicie Heeley talks with Stephan Wolfert, an army Vet, about his program, De-cruit, which helps veterans heal through Shakespeare and science.
Wolfert unexpectedly attended a performance of Shakespeare’s Richard III in Montana, where the words broke through to him in a way he’d never experienced. It was so profound he had a catharsis and was sobbing in the theater.
Out of this, he redirected his life to study drama and created Shakespeare workshops for vets. For veterans—trained to operate within the military structure—reconnecting in civilian life often proves hard. But Shakespeare’s words speak to war, human connection and a multitude of emotions and deceits, all relevant topics in the military and in life.
Wolfert’s passion for the subject, and his personal experience of the healing power of Shakespeare’s words, made me grateful for his unique vision and reignited an interest in seeing Shakespeare.
This is an excellent podcast. I love the broad diversity of podcast topics; I love learning about the amazing things people are doing. And because it’s a podcast, we get to hear voices expressing passion, frustration and hope, in an incredibly intimate way.
- Podcast: Things that Go Boom
- Episode: What Shakespeare can teach us about PTSD
- Host: Laicie Heeley
- Date: 2/12/18
- Duration: 27 minutes, Shakespeare episode starts at ~ 4 minutes in
Things that Go Boom is a “podcast about the ins, outs, and whathaveyous of what keeps us safe.”