A Soldier's Play

Theater Four

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Opening Night: November 20, 1981

Closing Night: January 2, 1983

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Playwright: Charles Fuller

In 1944, on a Louisiana Army base, two shots ring out. A Black sergeant is murdered. And a series of interrogations triggers a gripping barrage of questions about sacrifice, service, and identity in America.


Charles Brown                         Captain Richard Davenport
Adolph Caesar                          Sergeant Vernon C. Waters
Peter Friedman                                Captain Charles Taylor
Samuel L. Jackson                              Private Louis Henson
Brent Jennings                                      Private Tony Smalls
Steven A. Jones                                   Private James Wilkie
Eugene Lee                                       Corporal Bernard Cobb
James Pickens Jr.                                              Corporal Ellis
Larry Riley                                           Private C.J. Memphis
Cotter Smith                                                 Lieutenant Byrd
Denzel Washington                                 Private First Class
                                                                         Melvin Peterson
Stephen Zettler                                              Captain Wilcox

Understudies: James Pickens Jr. (Captain Richard Davenport/Private First Class Melvin Peterson), Cotter Smith (Captain Charles Taylor)

David Alan Grier                                 Private C.J. Memphis


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