“A Soldier’s Play” by Charles Fuller to open at Swift Creek Mill Theatre on January 28th.

By | January 22, 2023

Pay-What-You-Can: 01/26/2023

Preview: 01/27/2023
Opening Night: 01/28/2023
Closing Night: 03/04/2023
Performances: Select Fridays, Saturdays, and Thursdays at 8:00 pm; Select Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday matinees at 2:30 PM

1982 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama. In a segregated Louisiana Army camp in 1944, the murder of a rancorous Black sergeant stirs deep seated animosity and corruption among the soldiers under his command. When a clean-cut Northern captain arrives to investigate, truths are confessed and a shocking secret is revealed.

Trigger warning: Audience members are advised that we will be performing Charles Fuller’s play as written, including very strong language, racial slurs, and physical violence attendant to the play’s storyline, time, place, and message. There will also be startling gunshot sound effects.

Ticket Information
Reserved tickets: $49
One Hour Rush Tickets: $25
Special discounts: Seniors, Military, First Responders, Students
Ticket Link
Dining Information: Dining begins two hours before the start of the show.
Matinee dining: 12:30 PM
Evening dining: 6:00 PM
Dining Tickets: $30 (including gratuity and tax)
Appetizer: Yeast dinner rolls with either rice and beans soup or a house salad with house made dressings
Main course: Meatloaf with ketchup glaze, fried turkey chop with sage gravy, truffle mashed potatoes, succotash, and broccolini
Dessert: Beignet with strawberry sauce or banana bread blondies


Tech/Sergeant Vernon C. Waters is played by Larry Akin Smith

Captain Charles Taylor is played by Chandler Hubbard

Corporal Bernard Cobb is played by Erich Appleby

Private First Class Melvin Peterson is played by K’Hari Zy’on

Corporal Ellis is played by Gary King

Private Louis Henson is played by Tre’ LaRon

Private James Wilkie is played by Kamau “Mu Cuzzo” Akinwole

Private Tony Smalls is played by Kieryn Burton

Captain Richard Davenport is played by Keydron Dunn

Private C. J. Memphis is played by Joshua Maurice Carter

Lieutenant Byrd is played by Hunter Keck

Captain Wilcox Gordon is played by Little Eagle Graham


Directed by Shanea Taylor

Scenic Design by Mercedes Schaum

Lighting Design by Joe Doran

Costume Design by Maura Lynch Cravey

Technical Direction by Liz Allmon

Fight/Intimacy Consultation by Stephanie “Tippi” Hart

Production Staff

Producing Artistic Director is Tom Width

Technical Director is Liz Allmon

Light/Sound Operator is Madison Gregg

Stage Manager is Sandy Lambert

Assistant Stage Manager/Props Manager is Tom Width

Photographer is Kieran Rundle

Stitchers are Alia Radabaugh and Delaney Theisz

Set Crew is Brent Deekens, Alleigh Scantling, Nicholas Sharp, Erich Appleby, Hunter Keck, and Josh Maltby

Lighting Crew is Brent Deekens, Nicholas Sharp, Alleigh Scantling, and Hunter Keck

About Swift Creek Mill Theatre
Historic Swift Creek Mill Theatre is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization offering mainstage and youth productions, educational programs, dining, cabarets, wine dinners, and event and catering services. Housed in a former grist mill, the theatre is listed as one of the oldest landmarks in the nation (circa 1663).Season tickets and FlexPasses are available. For tickets and more information about the Mill’s 2021-22 season of shows, cabarets, and wine dinners, visit www.swiftcreekmill.com, Email info@swiftcreekmill.com, or call 804-748-5203 Tues. – Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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