University Theatre presents 'A Soldier's Play'

contact: Cara Barnes
| WMU News
Photo of cast members from A Soldier's Play.

Photo credit: John Lacko

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University theatre students will perform the World War II murder mystery "A Soldier's Play" Feb. 5-14 in the Shaw Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex.

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Performance schedule

  • Friday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m.
Photo of cast members from A Soldier's Play.

Photo credit: John Lacko

Set in 1944 at the United States Military’s Fort Neal in Louisiana, Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play looks at the racial tension and consequent unrest present in the ranks of African American soldiers during World War II. The play follows the investigation of the mysterious murder of an African American Army sergeant.

Patrons and guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the lives of World War II African American servicemen and women through a photography exhibit that will be on display at the Gilmore Theatre Complex throughout February.

Directed by Mark Liermann, the all-student cast includes Bruce Brown, Jose Martinez-Chavaria, Eddie Coleman, Brandon Foxworth, Greg Jones, Avery Kenyatta, Evan Lugo, Chris Mansa, Justin Montgomery, Reece Schaberg, Nathan Alford Tate and Brian Weigand, with stage management by Daniel Bedoya.


All seating for "A Soldier's Play" at Shaw Theatre is general admission. Tickets are $20, $18 for senior citizens and WMU employees, $15 for veterans, $6 for WMU students and $10 for all other students. They are available by calling (269) 387-6222, online at, or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex or Miller Auditorium ticket offices. Group discounts are available by calling (269) 387-3227.

For more information, contact Emily Duguay, University Theatre, at or (269) 387-6222.

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