CLIMB Theatre Production of “Return to Honor” - 2011
CLIMB Theatre performed “Return to Honor”, a play about the challenges of post-deployment life, in seven communities in five days. The three-person show educated the audience about some of the difficulties faced by many veterans returning to civilian life.
Event Dates, Locations and Attendance at each individual event: April 30- May 7, 2011; Pelican Rapids Public Library, American Legion – Wheaton, American Legion – Morris, Roosevelt Hall – Barrett, New York Mills Ballroom, Fergus Theatre, Fergus Falls, Evansville Art Center.
Partner Organization(s): American Legions in Wheaton and Morris, Legionnaires n Barrett, City of New York Mills, Fergus Theatre, Evansville Art Center, Minnesota State Arts Board.
Partner Organization(s) Contribution/Role in the Program: Provided space for the programs, supervision during the program, publicity. MSAB—financial assistance.
Program Outputs: 149 people attended 7 events
Measurable Outcomes may be collected by survey, anecdotal responses, pre-test/post-test, observations; Describe proposed end user change in Behavior, Attitude, Skills, Knowledge, Condition and/or Status.
- To increase the knowledge of the audience regarding the difficulties of returning to the US after being involved in combat.
- To change the condition of veterans in the audience by giving them an opening to share their stories publicly or privately.
- 19% of respondents identified themselves as post deployment military.
- 28% of respondents identified themselves as family of post deployment military.
- 100% of respondents enjoyed the show and would recommend to others.
- Attendees continued to email VLS staff to share their stories for months afterwards.