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Opening Night at the Altarena Theater for "A Soldier's Play"

May 26, 2023

C'era Una Volta will be providing appetizers for tonight's opening night. If you are looking for something fun to do tonight, this is the right choice.

About The Play

In a segregated Louisiana army camp in 1944, the murder of rancorous Black sergeant Vernon C. Waters, the sergeant of a Black company, stirs deep-seated animosity and corruption among the soldiers under his command. Captain Taylor, the white C.O., worries the murderer may be a white officer or the local Klan. Richard Davenport, a Black clean-cut Northern captain, is assigned to investigate. Taylor, fearing the assignment of a Black investigator means the case is to be swept under the rug, attempts to discourage Davenport. But Davenport perseveres, discovering deep-seated hatred and corruption among the men in the company. Despite each soldier’s motive for the killing, Davenport eventually solves the case, revealing a truth more shocking than the murder itself.

Curtain Calls: ‘A Soldier’s Play’ powerful drama at Alameda’s Altarena Playhouse

Winner of 1982 Pulitzer Prize follows murder investigation in segregated Louisiana camp in 1944

Shawn J. West directs the powerful drama, which features Fred Pitts as Waters, Drew Paton as Captain Taylor and Dedrick Weathersby as Captain Davenport.

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