Denzel Washinton School Of the Arts holds opening night for "A Soldier's Play"
Old-time music filled the Phylicia Rashad Auditorium as the lights dimmed and actors took their places in front of a packed crowd. Denzel Washington School of the Arts opened “A Soldier’s Play” on Thursday, November 3, 2022. The play stars Nazir Garrett, Fabian Powell, Daniel Beckford, Nigel Diggs, Jonathan Morris, Darnelle McGill, Eric Buchanan, Liam Fitzwilliam, Damien Price, Rojae Denton, James Puma and Michael Ruzza.
The play was directed by Principal Dr. Evelyn Collins. She reminded the crowd of the actors’ hard work before the show, and then a dim blue light covered the stage.
“They still hate you,” exclaimed Nazir Garrett, starring as Sergeant Waters. “They still hate you.”
A shot rang out and Sergeant Waters hit the ground. “A Soldier’s Play” explores the murder of a black sergeant at an army base in the deep South during World War II. The play develops as a murder mystery as Captain Davenport, played by Damien Price, attempts to find the killer. Through the twists and turns of his investigation, the play explores the race relations of America at the time and how integration and equality was just an idea for black people and especially soldiers.
“A Soldier’s Play” manages to match the gravity of the situation depicted while also mixing in well-timed comedic moments.
“A Soldier’s Play” will be performed three more times - Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m.