About the show
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 forA 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