A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller
Directed by Avis Hatcher Puzzo
Produced by Jerry Sipp
October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29
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"Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning work, A Soldier's Play, is one of the company's strongest in recent seasons. An evenly matched cast, a confident director, and a satisfying visual design create a shocking reminder that racial inequalities still persist at levels not so different from those in the story's World War II setting." Roy C. Dicks, CVNC
$22 Adults, $17 Senior/Military, $14 Groups of 10+, $10 Students.
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning whodunit that investigates the murder of a soldier in a black company based in Louisiana during World War II.
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
EVENTS DURING THE SHOWS:
Saturday, Oct 21, 8:00pm Show 7:00 pm Pre-show Discussion with Charles Knight, Military Curator, NC Museum of History
Sunday, Oct 22, 3:00 pm show Free childcare provided by SeedArtShare. Child must be potty trained. Reservations required.
Sunday, Oct 29, 3:00 pm show
INTERMISSION ADVOCATES: Select shows will feature a nonprofit agency that will inform and inspire the audience.
JaJuan P. Cofield - Corporal Bernard Cobb
T J Swann - Captain Richard Davenport
Joseph Sharper - Corporal Ellis
Jamal Farrar - Private Louis Henson
David Thomas - Private C. J. Memphis
Moses T. Alexander Greene - Private First Class Melvin Peterson/ (understudy Tech Sergeant Vernon C. Waters)
Darius Hooks - Private Tony Smalls
Christopher Neill Bailey, Sr. - Tech Sergeant Vernon C. Waters/ (understudy Private First Class Melvin Peterson)
J. Dwayne Garnett - Private James Wilkie
Scott Renz- Captain Wilcox
Brook North- Captain Charles Taylor
Stephen Johnson - Lieutenant Byrd