Media Resources: A Soldier's Play

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Clayton Community Theatre presents A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller, directed by Nada Vaughn.

Performances: Thursday - Saturday November 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 8:00 p.m, Sundays November 10 and 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Washington University South Campus Theater, 6501 Clayton Road, Clayton MO

Director: Nada Vaughn

Full press release (PDF): at this link

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.

More information about the play, on Wikipedia: at this link

Press photos: on Flickr, at this link

Reviewer comp tickets available from the box office, by Email at, or by phone at 314-721-9228.

Media contact: Nathan Schroeder,

Design team:

  • Director – Nada Vaughn

  • Assistant Director – Archie Coleman

  • Producer – Jessa Knust

  • Set Designer – Andrew and Zac Cary

  • Lighting Designer – Nathan Schroeder

  • Props - Jackie Aumer

  • Costume Designer – Jean Heckmann


  • Lieutenant Byrd: Jackson Britt

  • Corporal Bernard Cobb: Terrie Banks

  • Captain Richard Davenport: Jonathan Garland

  • Corporal Ellis: Chris Moore

  • Private C. J. Memphis: LaVell Thompson Jr.

  • Private Louis Henson: Jaz Tucker

  • PFC Melvin Peterson: Donald Kidd

  • Private Anthony Smalls: Jeremy Thomas

  • Captain Charles Taylor: Gregory Savel

  • Tech/Sergeant Vernon C. Waters: Dennis Jethroe

  • Captain Wilcox: John 'Jack' Lehmann

  • Private James Wilkie: Don McClendon