NEA Arts Magazine

The Word on Shakespeare: Letters about the Program

What a great opportunity to see such a wonderful production. I believe this is what the National Endowment for the Arts is all about -- bringing art to the people and making art accessible to the people.
-- Librarian , Scott Air Force Base, O’Fallon, Illinois

With the NEA and the Department of Defense and other sponsors getting together, it tells us that we are appreciated. Military people are sacrificing a lot, and being appreciated by Americans.
-- Air Base Commander, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama

Since marrying into the military, and moving around the world, my access to genuinely great theatre has been limited. Tonight for the first time in many years, I have had the pure joy of being a part of a theatrical journey into another time and place, and I was able to share it with my two young daughters. Tonight I witnessed the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s production of Macbeth at Holloman AFB, NM. The performance was flawless in every aspect.
-- Liisa M. Rose, Alamogordo, New Mexico

Many students said it was the first professional Shakespearean play they had ever attended. That in itself made it worth everything that was done to secure this event in our area. A number of students said they would make the effort to go again if given another opportunity.
-- Debbie Ragsdale, Waycross, Georgia

Offering this program to our personnel allowed so many who have never been touched by Shakespeare or even a live performance, to experience it first hand. Today I was greeted by many who offered rave reviews of the show. Please pass on to all involved in the production that they have touched so many and expanded the minds of many more.
-- Morale, Welfare and Recreation Office, Pearl Harbor Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

On behalf of the participating students and teachers of Richmond Public Schools, I wish to thank you for the residency "Literacy through Theatre" and for the performance of Richard III. This was a very positive experience, particularly for our students at John Marshall High School. Richmond Public Schools is truly grateful to The Acting Company and the National Endowment for the Arts for providing this wonderful experience.
-- Susan Damron, Richmond, Virginia