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Soldier's Play, A - Full Length Play, Drama

Soldier's Play, A

Charles Fuller

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Full Length Play, Drama

13m

ISBN: 9780573640353

Winner! 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
"A work of great resonance and integrity." - Newsweek
In a Louisiana army camp in 1944 Capt. Taylor, the white C.O., has a problem. He commands a black company whose sergeant has been murdered. He is worried the murderer may be a white officer or the local Klan. A black captain, Richard Davenport, is assigned to investigate.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Mystery/Thriller

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - A segregated Army training base during the early part of World War II - Soldiers' uniforms for everyone. 1944. Ft. Neal, Louisiana.

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Special Effects

Scene work

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Pulitzer, Obie, From Off-Broadway

Winner! 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
In a Louisiana army camp in 1944 Capt. Taylor, the white C.O., has a problem. He commands a black company whose sergeant has been murdered. He is worried the murderer may be a white officer or the local Klan. A black captain, Richard Davenport, is assigned to investigate. Taylor tries to discourage him because he feels the assignment of a black investigator means the case is to be swept under the rug. Capt. Davenport perseveres and, as he probes deeper, he finds the black soldiers are as corrupted with hatred as the whites. Each one had a motive for the killing. Davenport solves the case and the truth is even more shocking than the murder itself.

"A work of great resonance and integrity." - Newsweek

"One of the contemporary American theatre's most forceful and original voices." - The New York Times

A Soldier's Play was first presented Off-Broadway by the Negro Ensemble Company, under artistic director Douglas Turner Ward and managing director Leon B. Denmark, at Theatre Four in New York City on November 10, 1981. It was directed by Douglas Turner Ward.
Characters

CASTING

13m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Male, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

TECH/SERGEANT VERNON C. WATERS
CAPTAIN CHARLES TAYLOR
CORPORAL BERNARD COBB
PRIVATE FIRST CLASS MELVIN PETERSON
CORPORAL ELLIS
PRIVATE LOUIS HENSON
PRIVATE JAMES WILKIE
PRIVATE TONY SMALLS
CAPTAIN RICHARD DAVENPORT
PRIVATE C.J. MEMPHIS
LIEUTENANT BYRD
CAPTAIN WILCOX
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Charles Fuller

Charles Fuller

Charles Fuller was born in Philadelphia. He achieved critical notice in 1969 with The Village: A Party. He later wrote plays for the Henry Street Settlement theatre and the Negro Ensemble Company in New York. His 1975 play The Brownsville Raid, won him critical acclaim. He won an Obie Award for Zooman and the Sign in 1980. His next work, A Soldier's Play, was a critical success, winning the 1982 ... view full profile

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