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A Soldier’s Play: Exploring Race, Identity, and Sacrifice in America
A Soldier’s Play is a Tony Award-winning drama exploring race, identity, and sacrifice in America, set on a Louisiana Army base in 1944.
A Soldier’s Play is a powerful drama that explores complex themes of race, identity, and sacrifice in America. Set in 1944 on a Louisiana Army base, the play follows the investigation of a Black sergeant’s murder, which triggers a series of interrogations that reveal deeper questions about the nature of service and the sacrifices that soldiers make for their country.
At the heart of the play is the character of Captain Richard Davenport, played by Broadway veteran Norm Lewis. Davenport is a Black officer who is tasked with leading the investigation into the murder of Sergeant Vernon C. Waters, played by Eugene Lee. As he delves deeper into the case, Davenport confronts the racism and prejudice that pervades the military hierarchy and the broader society.
One of the most striking aspects of A Soldier’s Play is its exploration of the tensions between different Black soldiers on the base. Waters, the murdered sergeant, is a proud and outspoken advocate for Black pride and self-determination. He clashes with Corporal Bernard Cobb, played by Will Adams, who is more interested in assimilating into White culture and advancing his own career. The dynamic between these two characters highlights the complex and often conflicting experiences of Black soldiers in a racially divided America.
Director Kenny Leon does an excellent job of keeping the tension and suspense high throughout the play. The interrogations are intense and gripping, and the final reveal is both shocking and satisfying. The production design is also top-notch, with a detailed and realistic set that transports the audience to the Louisiana Army base in 1944.
But perhaps the most impressive aspect of A Soldier’s Play is its relevance to contemporary issues of race and identity in America. Despite being set almost 80 years ago, the play’s themes of racial prejudice, systemic inequality, and the struggle for self-determination feel just as urgent and relevant today as they did in 1982 when the play was first performed.
In fact, the play’s success in 2020 is a testament to its enduring relevance. The Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival was met with critical acclaim and won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. The play’s searing indictment of cultural and institutional racism resonated with audiences and critics alike, and the performances of the cast were universally praised.
A Soldier’s Play is a must-see drama that explores complex themes of race, identity, and service in America. The play’s gripping plot, complex characters, and powerful themes make it a timeless masterpiece that deserves to be seen by audiences all over the world. Whether you’re a theater lover or simply someone who cares about issues of social justice and equality, A Soldier’s Play is a play that you won’t want to miss.
For more information, visit: https://www.roundabouttheatre.org/get-tickets/2022-2023-season/a-soldiers-play-tour/
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The Color Purple Movie Musical: A Fresh Take on a Classic Tale
“The Color Purple” gets a fresh take in the movie musical adaptation, featuring Cynthia Erivo and an all-new score. Set to release in December 2023.
Fans of Alice Walker’s classic novel “The Color Purple” will be delighted to know that a new movie musical adaptation is in the works and set to be released on December 25, 2023. The movie promises to be a fresh take on the story, with music and song adding a new layer of emotional depth to the narrative.
The story follows the life of Celie, an African American woman living in the south during the early 1900s. The novel explores the issues of abuse, discrimination, and societal expectations that Celie faced throughout her life. The movie musical adaptation promises to stay true to the heart of the novel while also adding a new dimension to the story.
The movie will feature an all-star cast, with Oscar-winning actress Cynthia Erivo taking on the role of Celie. Erivo is no stranger to musicals, having previously starred in the Broadway production of “The Color Purple.” The cast also includes big names such as Oprah Winfrey, who also produced the movie, and Tyler Perry.
The movie musical adaptation will be directed by Blitz Bazawule, who is known for his work on the critically acclaimed movie “The Burial of Kojo.” Bazawule has promised to bring a fresh perspective to the story and create a movie that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.
The movie will feature an all-new score, with music and lyrics written by a talented team of composers and lyricists. The music promises to be a mix of gospel, blues, and jazz, with a modern twist that will appeal to audiences of all ages.
The upcoming movie musical adaptation of “The Color Purple” promises to be a must-see event for fans of the novel and lovers of musicals. With an all-star cast, a talented director, and an all-new score, the movie promises to stay true to the heart of the story while also adding a fresh perspective. Set to release on December 25, 2023, fans of the novel can mark their calendars and look forward to experiencing the story in a new and exciting way.
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BLACK INDEPENDENT FILM COMPANY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BET+ RELEASES ORIGINAL HIT SERIES, LEGACY
Starring Heavy-hitters Ving Rhames, Lisa Raye, AJ Johnson, Draya Michele, Barton Fitzpatrick, Andra Fuller, and Clifton Powell
LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — Black Independent film company, Manny Halley Productions is back at it again, with their latest original hit new series, Legacy. Premiering on BET+, the star-studded series features legendary actor, Ving Rhames (Mission Impossible, Baby Boy); Lisa Raye (The Player’s Club, All of Us); AJ Johnson (Baby Boy); Draya Michele (L.A.’s Finest, BET’s Tales); Barton Fitzpatrick (Power Book IV: Force, The Chi); Andra Fuller (True to The Game); Clifton Powell (BET’s The Family Business, CW’s Black Lightning); Jeremy Meeks (Dutch); and more.
“This series is one for the ages, leaving viewers at the edge of their seats from beginning to end,” says Executive Producer Manny Halley. “This is only the beginning.”
Created and Executive Produced by Manny Halley, written and executive produced by Yolanda Halley, the show follows Guy Simmons (Ving Rhames), the patriarch of the Simmons family, the ruling crime family in the southern underworld. When he gets shot, the balance of power is ended, turning his two sons into competitors, vying for control of the family. Kevin (Andra Fuller), the son of his first wife Gloria (AJ Johnson) is pitted against Ty (Markice Moore), the son of his second wife Debra (Lisa Raye). Both must fight off the ‘Pack, a bunch of young, ruthless gangsters, once led by Ty. Family secrets are unearthed that threaten to not only tear the family apart but the streets as well. Manny Halley Productions is a black independent film company that funds, produces and licenses all of its content. This is the second TV series under the company.
‘The Godfather’ meets ‘American Gangster’ series takes viewers on the ride of their life in this American crime drama. Legacy, which is co-produced by Rodney Turner and Denee Busby Howard is available now on BET+ on March 2nd.
About Manny Halley Productions:
Manny Halley Productions is a black independent film company that funds, produces and licenses all of its content. The company aims to cultivate a community that provides content for the black community by black creators – giving artists an honest space to share their unique stories.
About Faith Media Distribution
Faith Media Distribution is a streamlined, highly focused, and audience-driven distribution company, with the flexibility and nimbleness to constantly be responsive to the urban consumer market. There is no existing enterprise with a development and production model that creates, distributes, and markets to the urban audience at the pace in which they can. Within a short period, Faith Media has built a reputation of consistently providing urban-themed film products that are commercial, critical, and audience successes.
SOURCE Manny Halley Productions
New Documentary ‘Bo Legs’ Profiles Marvin Arrington Sr., One of Atlanta’s Unsung Heroes
ATLANTA (Newswire.com) – Newly-released feature-length biographical documentary film covering the life and work of the Honorable Marvin Arrington, Sr., an Atlanta native and one of the city’s transformative political leaders, is now available on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, and YouTube. The film was produced by independent filmmakers based in Atlanta led by Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr. and his SWATS Enterprises company. Born in Atlanta in the 1940s, then a segregated, provincial town during Jim Crow, Marvin Arrington, Sr. grew up to help galvanize the city of his birth into the international, cosmopolitan metropolis that it is today. The documentary, Bo Legs, takes viewers on the journey of one man’s love for a city and his visionary work for the city’s eventual transformation. Battling through the blows of racism and meshing with political opponents over the years, Marvin “Bo Legs” Arrington, Sr. not only found his way but made his mark in civic duty and social justice.
After integrating his law school Marvin Arrington, Sr. served as the longest-running city council president in Atlanta’s history. Working behind the scenes in crafting legislation Arrington built alliances joining black and white communities for urban development, opened the access for women and minorities serving in city government, proposed policies increasing African American businesses in the city and promoted advancement in the city’s transportation, sports, and housing sectors. “By telling his story this film tells the story of Atlanta,” says Adelin Gasana, writer and director of Bo Legs. “No other person’s biography parallels so harmoniously with the successful growth of the city of Atlanta than Marvin Arrington, Sr.”
The documentary film features a stellar lineup of influential Atlanta leaders helping to narrate Arrington’s impactful story over the past four decades. Such notable figures include: Ambassador Andrew Young, Mayor Shirley Franklin, Governor Roy Barnes, Federal Judge Clarence Cooper, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, TV News Anchor Monica Kaufman Pearson, and Mayor Kasim Reed. Bo Legs appeared in six film festivals–premiering at the Bronze Lens Film Festival–and ran for six months on Delta Air Lines’ In-Flight Entertainment. It is now available for streaming on Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube Movies, and Amazon Prime Video.
Source: SWATS Enterprises
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