Mac Arthur’s cable read: "We have stopped the war to celebrate your magnificent success.” This was the first of three undefeated Army football seasons and three national championships in a row.The famous rivalry also helped to bring the country some much needed relief in 1963 following the assassination of President Kennedy.He was a sportsman, a captain in the army, who experienced the world through physicality. Because my dad’s opening line was—he’d be terribly embarrassed with me sharing this—but it was “Do you want to see the creases in my jeans? I would rather sit now so I have the energy when a customer does come in.One of the things that drew me toward telling this incredible story was, How do you let go? Tony [Kushner] busts this false idea that there’s any shame in loving whom you are naturally created to love.Coach Monken and the team have done an incredible job this season, and thanks to their huge shutout of Air Force earlier this month, we are on track to bring the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy back to West Point for the first time since 1996.We certainly have the team to do it – they are tough, determined, and most importantly have the support of the Corps of Cadets and the entire West Point Community behind them.
In 1944, General Douglas Mac Arthur cabled West Point head coach Col. "Red" Blaik from his Pacific base following Army's 23-7 win against a tough #2 Navy team.
Our rivalry with Navy also helps to prepare our young men and women for the challenges they will face as leaders in our military.
I know that their experiences on the “fields of friendly strife” have helped our cadet-athletes go on to perform admirably in austere environments around the globe.
How do you reconcile this new way of being into your understanding of life and fate? This play is doing that healing work and exposing this lie—which has been propagated by a very white, straight male, fear-based, Republican, Judeo-Christian idea—that there is anything wrong with a man loving a man.
Prior gets to tell the audience, “The world only spins forward.” He’s giving voice to a new set of truths about compassion, empathy, community. Because it felt unrelated to what was happening in the room, in that conversation, and in my life. I can just focus on doing this play and keeping the conversation moving forward in a way that is about love. Having met [contestants] Detox and Kim Chi recently…it was really overwhelming. She’s got one of those souls that you can feel is very, very deep.