A Soldier’s Play at Clayton Community Theatre

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Clayton Community Theatre announces additional auditions for A Soldier’s Play, by Charles Fuller, directed by Nada Vaughn.

 

**We are still looking for four African American men**

 

Auditions: Saturday August 17 at 1:30 p.m.

First rehearsal: mid to late August.

Performances: November 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, and 17, 2019.

 

The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script (sides available at the auditions), and will be held at the theatre: Washington University South Campus Theatre (the old CBC High School building), 6501 Clayton Rd, Clayton MO 63117. Auditioners are encouraged to download the audition form from http://placeseveryone.org/ and fill it out in advance.

 

Synopsis:

This 1981 play (winner of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Drama) uses a murder mystery in a 1944 Louisiana army camp to explore the complicated feelings of anger and resentment that some African Americans have toward one another, and the ways in which many black Americans have absorbed white racist attitudes. A black sergeant has been killed. Was it the local Klan, or a white officer? When a rare black captain is assigned to investigate, he finds the black soldiers are as corrupted with hatred as the whites. Each one had a motive for the killing. The investigator solves the case and the truth is even more shocking than the murder itself.

 

Characters (remaining to be cast):

 

Captain Richard Davenport: a ‘no nonsense’ black lawyer and military officer (mid to late 30’s) who is sent to investigate a murder that has taken place at an Army base. He ignores prejudiced statements and threats and fulfills his job by solving the crime.

Tech/Sergeant Vernon C. Waters: an African American (mid to late 40s) who manages the baseball team and is strongly disliked by his men. He believes black men must overcome their ‘ignorant status’ and harasses his men who match the stereotype of being foolish.

Corporal Bernard Cobb: a black man in his mid-to-late twenties who defends a fellow soldier who has a bad encounter with Sgt. Waters.

Private Louis Henson: a black man in his late twenties or early thirties who is uncomfortable talking to officers. He is the pitcher on the baseball team.

 

Visit Our Website to access the audition form: placeseveryone.org

 

Bonus – everyone who auditions will receive a complimentary ticket to any CCT production this season!

 

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