Here's what audience members and participants from Steelbound say about the production.
"The best part for all of us working on this has been working with the people of the community. Your role as an artist is to be a good listener. We're learning so much about something I never imagined before." -- Mark McKenna, Touchstone artistic director and member of the cast
"In the beginning I had no idea what (Touchstone movement director) Jennie (Gilrain) was trying to do with us. How was being in a group of total strangers and simulating a wave going to help me be Steelworker #9? As I watched the passion and desire "to be the wave" that was shown by my cast mates, I first saw the flame of life that is the theatre burn in each and every one of them. The amazing part was that I felt it in me! I think acting is showing that there is a common thread of life in each one of us, touching someone's heart to the point that they say, 'Hey, that's a part of me up there!" -- Vinnie Paden, community cast member
"The play was like a 'Wall' for steelworkers. The essence of the Vietnam vet and the veteran steelworker is put very nicely in the play: 'We did it for each other.' I feel privileged to have shared that brotherhood." -- Stephen C. Bedics, Bethlehem, audience member and former Vietnam Veteran
"It was different. I thought it was marvelous. And the music was beautiful. My husband and my father and my son all worked for Steel. We're Steel people." -- Mrs. Roger Fluck, Bethlehem resident and audience member
"I loved it. This is the first time I was in the foundry. Women weren't allowed in here when I was growing up." -- Sandy Fluck, Bethlehem resident and audience member
"There was a serious and effective effort to reach out and be inclusive to the community, to steel workers, to management." -- Bob Thompson, chair of the Bethlehem Mayor's South Side Task Force and audience member