Great Game

Another great accolade

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 by Great Game

We recently received a truly heart-warming letter from a teacher who works in a small, rural high school in Wisconsin, in response to seeing The Great Game in Minneapolis.

Read on for extracts about how the The Great Game continues to resonate with US audiences.

‘…the show prompted me to think of my own students and how I could use these plays to help educate them about the history, culture, and political realities of Afghanistan in a way that they would find more meaningful. I believe that this is especially important for my students because many of them will join the military as a way to escape their rural, economically impoverished homes. In fact, about 20-30% of my graduating seniors will join the military within 3 years of graduation. Afghanistan is a looming reality for most of them and I feel it is my duty to help prepare them as best I can.

‘I also saw a great connection between these plays and the goals of the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Educating Humanitarian Law curriculum. All signatories to the Geneva Conventions are required to educate their populations on issues of humanitarian law. As a master educator for the ICRC in the US, I recently talked about the potential of using drama as a way to discuss the principles of humanitarian law and used your plays as an example. I also talked to my ICRC colleagues in Washington DC, hoping that they would get a chance to see the show in New York, if they didn’t make it to DC…

‘In addition, I read in Mr. Kent’s blog that there was some interest in a private showing of the play for US military leadership and politicians. I will certainly write my Congressional delegation and Senators to encourage them to attend if there is a date that is eventually set.

‘As a theater lover and a teacher I firmly believe in the informative and transformative power of theater. Theater’s ability to provide a place to explore controversial issues, to develop empathy, to engage with and reflect on the human experience is invaluable. It is quite disappointing to see that many do not consider the value or importance of theater to our understanding of the human condition.

Thank you once again for your efforts. I am sure many of my students would also thank you if they had the opportunity.’