2005 – A Soldier’s Play

Directed by: Jo Bonney
Written by: Charles Fuller
Produced by: Second Stage Theatre
Production year: 2005
Original release: October 17, 2005 – November 27, 2005
Opening Night: October 17, 2005
Other cast: Teagle F. Bougere, Joaquin Perez Campbell, Mike Colter

In its first major New York revival, Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Soldier’s Play takes us into the heart of a murder investigation on a Louisiana army base during World War Two. The victim is a brutal, self-hating black soldier, Sergeant Vernon Waters. The investigator sent by the Army is, for that era, a rarity: a black officer (Taye Diggs), who must square off against Waters’ white commander (Stephen Pasquale). Who killed Waters finally comes to light. As for why — the answer turns out to be as complicated as the whole history of race in America. Jo Bonney directs.