“The most important factor that contributes to successful transition to civilian life is a Veteran’s ability to secure a good job.” Ben Donenberg, Founder & Artistic Director – The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
This summer, the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles presented “Henry IV,” a new version of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV Parts One and Two” by Tony Award® winning director Daniel Sullivan. The play featured a first-rate cast on stage: Anthony Mark Barrow, Raffi Barsoumian, Josh Clark, Harry Groener, Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater, Joe Morton, Chris Myers, Rondi Reed, Emily Swallow, Geoffrey Wade and Time Winters.
The crew, however, was comprised of a group of veterans participating in Veterans in Art, a Shakespeare Center program which helps veterans learn new skills. From load in, through the run of the show and load out, the veterans learned about the inner-workings of a production and can take that knowledge and skills into their job search. As to be expected for a Shakespeare production (presented in The Japanese Garden at the West Los Angeles VA Campus), the staging and lighting was exceptional. PRG donated gear for the production, as it has done for the last seven years. This year, PRG provided them with the largest rig to date; including a complete rig for the production as well as lighting for the garden.