A Soldier's Play

by  Charles Fuller

Full Length Play, Drama  /  13m

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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A Soldier's Play

by  Charles Fuller

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    13m
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Pulitzer, Obie, From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Reviews

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

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

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A segregated Army training base during the early part of World War II - Soldiers' uniforms for everyone. 1944. Ft. Neal, Louisiana.
  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

13m
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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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

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 1 ...

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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.

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