A Soldier's Play

Theater Four

Previews Began: -

Opening Night: November 20, 1981

Closing Night: January 2, 1983

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Playwright: Charles Fuller

In this drama about black/white race relations, no easy answers about cause or blame are provided, when in 1944 in a segregated army camp in Louisiana, a black sergeant is shot dead after crying out “They still hate you.” As the play examines the murder, the truth of it becomes more shocking and hateful than the murder itself.


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

Other Productions

1996 Off-Broadway Revival
2005 Off-Broadway Revival
2019 Broadway Production

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