A Soldier's Play

American Airlines Theatre

Previews Began: December 27, 2019

Opening Night: January 21, 2020

Closing Night: March 11, 2020

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Playwright: Charles Fuller

Music: Jacinth Greywoode

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.


David Alan Grier              Sergeant Vernon C. Waters
Blair Underwood              Captain Richard Davenport
Nnamdi Asomugha    Pvt. First Class Melvin Peterson
Jerry O’Connell                        Captain Charles Taylor
McKinley Belcher III                  Private Louis Henson
Rob Demery                            Corporal Bernard Cobb
Jared Grimes                                Private Tony Smalls
Billy Eugene Jones                      Private James Wilkie
Nate Mann                                          Lieutenant Byrd
Warner Miller                                         Corporal Ellis
J. Alphonse Nicholson                Private C.J. Memphis
Lee Aaron Rosen                                  Captain Wilcox

Understudies: Michael Andreaus (Private James Wilkie, Private C.J. Memphis), Franklin Bongjio (Captain Richard Davenport, Private Louis Henson), Matthew Goodrich (Lieutenant Byrd, Captain Wilcox), Lorenzo Jackson (Corporal Bernard Cobb, Corporal Ellis, Private Tony Smalls), Howard Overshown (Sergeant Vernon C. Waters)

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