Santiago-Hudson and Mackie Enlisted for A Soldier’s Play March 7 Boston Reading

News   Santiago-Hudson and Mackie Enlisted for A Soldier’s Play March 7 Boston Reading Broadway stars Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Anthony Mackie read Charles Fuller's A Soldier’s Play in Boston, March 7.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Continuing the second annual "American Voices: Drama, Dialogue, Downtown" play reading series, the 7 PM reading will take place at The Wang Center for the Performing Arts. Playwright Fuller and director Steven Maler will join the cast for a short question and answer session following the show.

Mackie and Santiago-Hudson will be joined in the cast by Timothy Smith, Ricardo Engerman, Gregory Simmons, Dorian Christian Baucum, Ernest Vincent Siders, Baron Kelly, Jim Spencer, Dmetrius Conley-Williams, John Porell and John Kuntz.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 drama follows the 1944-set story of a black military lawyer who is sent from Washington to investigate the murder of a black Master Sergeant. In his search, he must overcome uncooperative officers and fearful troops in this tale of deceit and prejudice. The work originally played Off-Broadway in a Negro Ensemble Company staging that featured Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. The work was adapted for film in 1984 under the direction of Norman Jewison.

Santiago-Hudson earned a Tony Award for his featured turn in Seven Guitars. The recent star of Gem of the Ocean has also appeared in Jelly’s Last Jam and in the title role of Henry VIII for the 1997 New York Shakespeare Festival production. He adapted his Obie-Award winning one-man play Lackawanna Blues for the recent HBO Films version. George C. Wolfe directed the film starring S. Epatha Merkerson, Jeffrey Wright, Liev Schreiber, Jimmy Smits, Rosie Perez and the scribe himself.

Mackie made his Broadway debut in the 2003 revival of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and returned to the stage last season in Drowning Crow. The busy actor also appeared in such films as Jonathan Demme's remake of "The Manchurian Candidate, Spike Lee's "She Hate Me," "Brother to Brother" and Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby." Other stage credits include the Moderator in Talk (Public Theater, 2002 Obie Award), understudy for Don Cheadle as Booth in Topdog/Underdog (Public) and Tupac in Up Against the Wind (New York Theatre Workshop). The "American Voices" series, which "showcases classic American works," launched this season Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker starring Charles Busch as Dolly Levi. Kerry O'Malley (Into The Woods) then starred in a Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour. The final play of the season will be Arthur Miller's All My Sons (May 16).

Tickets for the "American Voices: Drama, Dialogue, Downtown" series are available at The Shubert Theatre Box Office, 265 Tremont Street in Boston, MA or by calling (800) 447-7400. For more information, visit www.wangcenter.org.