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A Soldier's Play

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  169 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A black sergeant cries out in the night, "They still hate you," then is shot twice and falls dead. Set in 1944 at Fort Neal, a segregated army camp in Louisiana, Charles Fuller's forceful drama--which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 and has been regularly seen in both its original stage and its later screen version--tracks the investigation of this murder. A Soldier's Play ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 1st 1982 by Hill and Wang (first published January 1st 1982)
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Matt Carton
A little Saturday afternoon reading. A great, and it seems nearly forgotten play. It is constructed beautifully. And, damn, wouldn't it have been great to see Adolph Caesar, Denzel, and Sam Jackson all in the same production?
1982 hardcover of this just retrieved from bookstore trash.

This play won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize and was made into an exemplary 1984 movie, "A Soldier's Story," that just about kicked ass on every level, especially for Adolph Cesar's unforgettable, haunting Oscar-nominated performance as the hard-ass and troubled sergeant. A cool feature of this first edition hardcover from 1982 is the inclusion of photos from the 1981 original stage production starring Caesar, Denzel Washington and several othe
Chip Starr
A Soldier's Play depicts a mystery surrounding the murder of Sergeant Waters who was shot twice by an unknown man. Captain Davenport has been sent to investigate and this sparks controversy within the small community about why a black lawyer has been sent to an army base to investigate a murder. The play showcased a lot of racial conflicts going on during the time. I feel it was a difficult read but worth it.
A play about hate, and all its levels, I had seen parts of a movie based on this play on TV, but really didn't get an idea of what the story was about. Its play that is seems to be nothing more then a simple mystery, but is, in fact layered with subtext and complexity that is missing from most modern plays. The conclusion left me shocked and saddened but with a great deal to give thought too.
I decided to read this in it's entirety because I was incorporating a performance of the play into a script I'm writing. The play itself is great which made for some pleasant research. I tend to have less interest in art that deals with race relations, usually finding it too corny, preachy, or obvious, but I had no such reservations this time around. Good stuff deserving of the Pulitzer it won.
Reading this play, as opposed to seeing it, was powerful in the sense that I wasn't able to keep track of who was black and who was white, which is the essence of the play. Knowing that a simple visual of skin color would change the entire perspective of the action was a heart breaking realization.
Apr 01, 2009 Roy marked it as to-read
One of my favorite movies. I must get around to reading the play one day, and seeing it on stage would be awesome as well.
Amber Midgett
A really decent play. I was lucky enough to see it performed before I read it, and both media were exceptional.
Wasn't the most exciting book but it was still good. All the characters kind of got confusing after awhile though.
Jacques Bromberg
This was a tough play to read, but dealt honestly and bravely with race issues in mid-20th-century American military.
A very well crafted play. Fantastic characters, great story, nice mystery. Everything about it is wonderful.
Not one of my favorites, but it was ok. I'd like to see the movie and see how it works on film.
Stephen Bess
I just wish I could've witnessed this on stage. Great play.
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not just a good source of samples for immortal technique
Worth reading but, I didn't love it.
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