VETERANS IN ARTIn the deepest sense, each of Shakespeare's plays is a drama of wounding and healing, and a capacity within a wounded world or nation or soul for greatness. In Shakespeare's history plays and tragedies, the wounding is shocking and traumatic to mind, soul and body alike - and to the body politic. The healing that comes is achieved through suffering and sacrifice as the main character gives his or her life for the truths that must be known. The healing that comes is when we in the audience are granted the deep wisdom that the hero dies to achieve. In this sense, we bear witness; we remember and our heroes teach us wisdom.
~Professor Martha Andresen
Crystal Quill Recipient, 2011