A Soldier's Play at American Airlines Theatre tickets
A Soldier's Play at American Airlines Theatre tickets

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About the show

After thrilling audiences Off-Broadway and earning playwright Charles Fuller a Pulitzer Prize, A Soldier’s Play is set to make its Broadway debut at the American Airlines Theatre. This masterful work about racism and justice in the US Army was first staged in 1981, when it won Outer Critics Circle and Obie awards.

Set in 1944 Louisiana, the play follows army investigator Captain Richard Davenport as he investigates the murder of black Sergeant Vernon Waters. Facing a race against time – and the majority white leadership at the Army Base – Davenport exposes systemic racism and internalized prejudice with razor sharp precision.

The original production of A Soldier’s Play featured Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. On Broadway, three-time Tony and Grammy Award nominee David Alan Grier (The First; Dreamgirls) is set to play Sergeant Waters, with Blair Underwood (Netflix: Dear White People; Broadway: A Streetcard Named Desire) joining him as Captain Davenport.

Playwright Charles Fuller is a recent recipient of the Dramatists Guild’s Flora Roberts Award, topping off a career that includes an Obie and a Pulitzer Prize. His other works include Zooman and the Sign.

A Soldier’s Play at the American Airlines Theatre is directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun; American Son) with costumes by Dede Ayite, set design by Derek McLane and lighting by Allen Lee Hughes.

With a cut-throat mystery at its center and a sharp, nuanced dissection of institutional injustice throughout, A Soldier’s Play on Broadway is a long-awaited production. It begins previews on December 27 2019.

Recommended for

A Soldier’s Play on Broadway has been a long time coming, and fans of US playwrights shouldn’t miss this opportunity to finally see Charles Fuller’s award-winning masterpiece on the Great White Way. It’s also perfect for anyone wanting to watch a socially and politically prescient show.

Age Recommendations: TBC

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes (including intermission)
Opened: 27 Dec 2019
Press night: 21 Jan 2020
Booking from: 14 Mar 2020
Booking until: 15 Mar 2020

Location and map

American Airlines Theatre
227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

8 Reviews Add review

Maybe an unpopular and unfair opinion. I left at intermission because they're all talking so fast I couldn't understand half of it.... More

bradleyl 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Great performances! A strong story that keeps you intrigued the whole time.

camilaviola 29 reviews, 0 helpful votes

KathleenCasaceli 5"4, 62 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Great storytelling! David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood are fantastic.

briannasimpkins 4’11, 73 reviews, 1 helpful vote

kristopherkaye 33 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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