I was fortunate to review the play, A Soldier's Play, in the original Negro Ensemble Company production in New York many years ago. It blew me away, of course, with a cast that included Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and Larry Riley. Unlike many plays, it translated beautifully to the screen a few years later with Denzel reprising his role, directed by the legendary director Norman Jewison and earning a best picture Oscar nomination. It's as good as filmmaking gets.
This will be the last film of the 16th Screen on the Green. We had a good time last week, everyone socialized, did the HBO dance and watched on the giant 20' by 40' outdoor screen on The National Mall between 7th and 10th Streets. The cartoon started about 8:30 last week.
Bring a blanket, some food if you like and something cold to drink. Metro is close by and parking is easy.
A Soldier's Story (1984) Rated PG. This tense murder-mystery is set on a Louisiana military base in the 1940's. An unpopular sergeant has turned up dead and a black army lawyer from up north leads the inquiry. Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, it was an Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and for the performance of Adolph Caesar. Howard Rollins Jr. and Denzel Washington star. Shot in Arkansas, then governor Bill Clinton provided soldiers from the state's National Guard as extras.