1 Voice! 1 Play! 1 Day!

Our third annual Juneteenth Fund Raiser was a great success!

(l to r) Peter Macon, Darryl V. Jones, David Moore, David Westley Skillman, Aldo Billingslea, Rafael Jordan, Carl Lumbly, Jeff Garrett, Michael J. Asberry, Titus Tomkins, Nick Steen, Kehinde Koyejo, Steven Anthony Jones.

(l to r) Peter Macon, Darryl V. Jones, David Moore, David Westley Skillman, Aldo Billingslea, Rafael Jordan, Carl Lumbly, Jeff Garrett, Michael J. Asberry, Titus Tomkins, Nick Steen, Kehinde Koyejo, Steven Anthony Jones.

Thanks to all who attended!

Programme Cover

Programme ListingsWe wish to thank Bill English and Susi Damilano for graciously loaning The San Francisco Playhouse to us for the evening!

The following notes appeared in the programme:

Welcome to the Third Annual Project1Voice

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is thrilled to participate in the third Project1Voice. The program, in which African-American theatres present staged readings of the  same  play  on  the  same  day  has  grown  to  include  27  African-American  theatres across the country and one in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

I am particularly excited about this year’s choice — Charles Fuller’s remarkable A Soldier’s Play. I was privileged to be a member of the original cast when the play opened in New York in 1981, produced by the Negro Ensemble Company under the direction of the visionary Douglas Turner Ward. The play, NEC and Ward were seminal in my career in the theatre. Unfortunately this great piece of theatre literature which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 has been largely forgotten. I sincerely hope Project1Voice’s focus will change that.

The play is a period piece, set during a time just before the integration of the armed forces. At its heart it is a murder mystery, opening with the haunting words of a dying Sgt. Vernon C. Waters; “They still hate you, no matter what you do. They still hate you.

Waters is one of the great roles for African-American male actors. His experiences with racism and his mission to almost single-handedly lift the race have twisted him into a tyrant with prejudices almost as strong as any white bigot. His character offers a rare look at the psychological damage of racial prejudice.

Additionally, the play is an uncommon opportunity to see nine African- American men on stage.

With its memorable characters, building suspense and unusual exploration of racial dynamics, A Soldier’s Play still resonates as a compelling theatrical experience.

–Steven Anthony Jones

(l to r) David Westley Skillman, Aldo Billingslea, Darryl V. Jones, Jeff Garrett, Michael J. Asberry

(l to r) Rafael Jordan, David Moore, David Westley Skillman, Aldo Billingslea

(l to r) Peter Macon, Rafael Jordan, David Moore, David Westley Skillman, Aldo Billingslea, Darryl V. Jones, Jeff Garrett, Michael J. Asberry, Titus Tomkins

(l to r) Peter Macon, Rafael Jordan, David Moore, David Westley Skillman

David Moore

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly, Jeff Garrett

Carl Lumbly, Michael J. Asberry

Darryl V. Jones, Carl Lumbly

Darryl V. Jones, Carl Lumbly

Darryl V. Jones, Carl Lumbly, Jeff Garrett, Michael J. Asberry, Titus Tomkins, Kehinde Koyejo, Steven Anthony Jones.

Darryl V. Jones, Carl Lumbly, Jeff Garrett, Michael J. Asberry, Titus Tomkins, Nick Steen, Kehinde Koyejo, Steven Anthony Jones.

Aldo Billingslea, Darryl V. Jones

Aldo Billingslea, Darryl V. Jones

Kehinde Koyejo, Steven Anthony Jones

Kehinde Koyejo, Steven Anthony Jones

Darryl V. Jones, Carl Lumbly

Darryl V. Jones, Carl Lumbly

Rafael Jordan, Carl Lumbly

Rafael Jordan, Carl Lumbly

David Moore, David Westley Skillman, Aldo Billingslea

David Moore, David Westley Skillman, Aldo Billingslea

Peter Macon, Darryl V. Jones, David Moore, David Westley Skillman, Aldo Billingslea, Rafael Jordan, Carl Lumbly

Peter Macon, Darryl V. Jones, David Moore, David Westley Skillman, Aldo Billingslea, Rafael Jordan, Carl Lumbly

Aldo Billingslea, Rafael Jordan

Aldo Billingslea, Rafael Jordan

Titus Tomkins, Nick Steen, Kehinde Koyejo, Steven Anthony Jones

Titus Tomkins, Nick Steen, Kehinde Koyejo, Steven Anthony Jones

David Moore, Carl Lumbly

David Moore, Carl Lumbly

Steven Anthony Jones

Steven Anthony Jones

David Westley Skillman, Carl Lumbly

David Westley Skillman, Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly, Jeff Garrett, (Michael J. Asberry), Titus Tomkins, Nick Steen

Carl Lumbly, Jeff Garrett, (Michael J. Asberry), Titus Tomkins, Nick Steen

Darryl V. Jones, Carl Lumbly

Darryl V. Jones, Carl Lumbly

Peter Macon, Carl Lumbly

Peter Macon, Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly, Jeff Garrett

Carl Lumbly, Jeff Garrett

Darryl V. Jones, David Westley Skillman, Rafael Jordan, David Moore, Aldo Billingslea, Peter Macon, Carl Lumbly, Jeff Garrett, Michael J. Asberry, Titus Tomkins, Nick Steen, Kehinde Koyejo, Steven Anthony Jones

Darryl V. Jones, David Westley Skillman, Rafael Jordan, David Moore, Aldo Billingslea, Peter Macon, Carl Lumbly, Jeff Garrett, Michael J. Asberry, Titus Tomkins, Nick Steen, Kehinde Koyejo, Steven Anthony Jones

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2 Responses to 1 Voice! 1 Play! 1 Day!

  1. Claudia says:

    I enjoyed the play-reading very much. The speakers were very well prepared, and it must not have been that easy to manage so many people. The play itself was a profound comment on the fact that there are no limits to prejudice and racism – it has affected us all.

  2. John Burris says:

    Well done. My father was in the “colored army” during that period so the story resonated with me. Unfortunately, much of the pathology exhibited in the story about African Americans feelings toward themselves and each other is present today in segments of the African American community.

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