NEA Arts Magazine

Beyond Glory: A Senate Performance of the Play


Stephen Lang meets Senator Daniel Inouye

Award-winning actor Stephen Lang meets Senator Daniel Inouye at a Senate performance presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. Photo by Steven Purcell.

On May 16th, Senators gathered in the Mansfield Room of the U.S. Capitol to witness an extraordinary theatrical event. As part of Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, the NEA presented acclaimed stage and film actor Stephen Lang in the one-man play Beyond Glory, which portrays the personal accounts of American servicemen who have been honored for their heroic deeds with the Medal of Honor.

Bill Frist, Dana Gioia, Carl Levin, and Harry Reid

Left to right: Majority Leader Bill Frist, NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, Senator Carl Levin, and Minority Leader Harry Reid attend the performance of Beyond Glory. Photo by Steven Purcell.

Adapted from Larry Smith’s book, Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words, Stephen Lang’s stunning performance depicted veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, including Admiral James Stockdale and Senator Daniel Inouye. Senator Inouye watched the performance with his colleagues, and in a spontaneous tribute, they gave him a standing ovation for his service and sacrifice for his country. Majority Leader Bill Frist and Minority Leader Harry Reid hosted this special performance.

Operation Homecoming is made possible by The Boeing Company.