A SOLDIER’S PLAY at Clayton Community Theatre

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

**Note: The cast consists of 12 men (3 white and 9 black).**

Auditions: Wednesday July 31 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday August 3 at 10:00 a.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:

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.

Captain Charles Taylor: a white man in his mid to late thirties who resents Davenport’s assignment and rank. Taylor wants Davenport taken off the murder investigation because he does not believe that a black man can accuse white men or solve the case.

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.

Private James Wilkie: a black man in his early forties, a career soldier. Wilkie reveals his intense anger over losing his stripes.

C.J. Memphis: a young, (mid 20s) handsome and superstitious black man from Mississippi who plays an excellent game of baseball. The best hitter on the team, Memphis plays the guitar and sings.

Private Anthony Smalls: a black career soldier in his late thirties who expresses his fear of one of the officers.

Private First Class Melvin Peterson: an angelic looking black man and model soldier in his late twenties who calls Waters “ole Stone-ass’. He plays shortstop on the baseball team. He joined the Army because he thought he would have a chance to fight.

Lieutenant Byrd: a spit and polish white soldier in his late twenties who works in Ordnance. On one occasion, he has a fight with Waters outside the NCO club.

Captain Wilcox: a white medical officer (mid 30s) who is accused of participating in a beating of Waters on the night he was murdered. Wilcox is the one officer who treats Davenport with respect and appears to have no bias against blacks.

Corporal Ellis: a black man (mid 30s) who is a ‘by the book soldier’.  He is assigned to be Davenport’s assistant. His job is to deliver the men to Davenport for questioning.

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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