A Soldier’s Play is a Pulitzer Prize winning play originally written by Charles Fuller that takes place during the Second World War in the 1940’s racially segregated Louisiana. When an African American Sergeant in Fort Neal is found dead, foul play is suspected. Captain Taylor, the platoon’s white officer, enlists the aid of Captain Davenport, portrayed by Daver Morrison, an African American Officer in the United States Army, to solve the case. Davenport soon discovers the black Sergeant had ruffled the feathers of many of his black and white comrades, and is now determined to find the perpetrator, regardless of rank and race.
The Roxbury Repertory Theater’s production of A Soldier’s Play ran earlier this fall and gained the attention of the Wellfleet Harbor Theater, where they had a command performance for Black History Month. “The ensemble work of the company was outstanding in this production” exclaimed Marshall Hughes, Director of Visual, Performing and Media Arts for Roxbury Community College, “The Roxbury Repertory Theater serves as an ambassador of the college, promoting diversity and dialogue through the arts.”
Daver Morrison, a local actor and alum of Boston Latin Academy, has found success in theater and television, appearing on shows such as Fox’s 24 and HBO’s Anatomy of Hope. He has also performed in the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and several other production companies across the country.
The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards were founded in 1997 by Beverly Creasey of the Journal Newspapers and Larry Stark of the Theater Mirror. The IRNE Awards primarily serve the Boston Theater community. The winner of the 18th Annual IRNE awards will be announced on Monday, April 7th at The Cyclorama at the Boston’s Center for the Arts. The event is open to the public and free.
About Roxbury Community College:
Roxbury Community College, founded in 1973, is a two-year, state-supported, co-educational institution of higher learning offering Associate Degrees and certificates to members of the Greater Boston Community. RCC currently offers 27 degree programs of study and 11 certificate programs.