The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) will remount its 2017 revival of A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller, directed by Charles Weldon, from February 14 to March 4, 2018, at Gene Frankel Theatre. The piece is historically NEC's most famous and successful play. It was produced last fall at Theatre 80 St. Marks as the culminating event of NEC's landmark 50th season, playing to full houses and glowing notices. The cast of that revival will return intact for the Gene Frankel Theatre run.
A Soldier's Play debuted in 1981 at Theatre Four where it ran for two years, earned unanimous praise, launched the careers of many current stars, and subsequently became the basis of a major motion picture, A Soldier's Story (1984). The play uses a murder mystery in a segregated U.S. Army base during World War II to expose angers and resentments among African-Americans that curiously mimic white racist attitudes.