WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
It's the 50th season production by the Negro Ensemble Company, Inc.
The reboot of A Soldier's Play is directed by Charles Weldon, who acted in A Soldier's Story in 1983. His fellow castmates included Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Cotter Smith, James Pickens, Adolph Caesar, Charles Brown, Brent Jennings, Peter Friedman, Eugene Lee Jr., Steven A. Jones, Stephen Zettler, and Larry Riley.
A Soldier's Play uses a murder mystery in a segregated U.S. Army base in Louisiana during World War II to expose angers and resentments among African-Americans that curiously mimic white racist attitudes. When a black captain is sent to investigate the murder of a black sergeant, the sergeant's murder at first seems it seems attributable to the local KKK. But when the true murderers are found, surprising and unsettling divisions among the black troops will be revealed.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, and three Obie Awards