Stephen Lang '73 is starring in "Beyond Glory," a one-man show in which he portrays eight Medal of Honor recipients from World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam. Lang adapted the script from first person accounts captured in Larry Smith's 2004 book Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words.
Currently the show is being performed at the Laura Pels Theatre in New York City, where it has been met with critical acclaim. Charles Isherwood of the New York Times wrote "[Lang] individualizes each of the eight portraits here with precision and economy." Isherwood, moved by the performance to consider our nations' debt to soldiers also wrote "Unearthing and airing for public contemplation the flesh-and-blood stories that are celebrated in stone and bronze by the country's many statues honoring its soldiers is a worthwhile enterprise. Mr. Lang and his director, Robert Falls, do it with their own fine measure of honor."
Previously Lang toured "Beyond Glory" as part of the NEA-sponsored Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, a program for U.S. military personnel and their families. As part of this program Lang performed the show for thousands of military personnel in Pearl Harbor, Guam, Korea, Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain, England, and all over the Persian Gulf.
"Beyond Glory" will be performed at the Laura Pels Theatre, 111 West 46th Street, New York City through mid-August.