Soldier's Play, A by Charles Fuller

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Charles Fuller

Full Length, Drama

Chararcters: 13 male (10 black, 3 white)

Unit Set

In a Louisiana army camp in 1944 Capt. Taylor, the white C.O., has a problem. He commands a black company whose sergeant has been murdered. He is worried the murderer may be a white officer or the local Klan. A black captain is assigned to investigate and Taylor tries to discourage him because he feels the assigning of a black investigator means the case is to be swept under the rug. Capt. Davenport perseveres and, as he probes deeper, he finds the black soldiers are as corrupted with hatred as the whites. Each one had a motive for the killing. Davenport solves the case and the truth is even more shocking than the murder itself.

"A work of great resonance and integrity."-Newsweek

"One of the contemporary American theatre's most forceful and original voices."-NY Times

Winner of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

 

About Charles Fuller

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Charles Fuller, the second black playwright to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1939 and educated at Villanova University and La Salle College. Fuller's plays, many of which explore relationships between blacks and whites, include First Love, Sparrow in Flight, and We. His play, Zooman and the Sign, received the Obie Award from Village Voice and the Audelco Award for best writing, but it was A Soldier's Play that won Fuller his Pulitzer. The play is set on an army base in the South during World War II, and follows a black officer's investigation of a murder. The play was adapted into the film, A Soldier's Story. Charles Fuller co-founded the Afro-American Arts Theatre in Philadelphia. He has also been a professor of African-American studies at Temple University.
 
Published January 1, 1982 by Hill and Wang. 100 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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