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A Soldier’s Play took residence the trophy for Finest Revival of a Play Sunday (September 26) on the 74th Annual Tony Awards.

In response to The New York Times, in 1982, Charles Fuller turned solely the second African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, for A Soldier’s Play. It dramatizes the homicide of a Black sergeant and the investigation of his dying by a Black officer at a segregated Louisiana army base in 1944.

The creative director and CEO Todd Haimes and the play’s director Kenny Leon accepted the Tony.

In his acceptance speech, Leon, a Clark Atlanta College graduate, delivered one of many night time’s most transferring moments.

Breonna Taylor,” he stated three consecutive instances.

George Floyd,” Leon continued, adopted by a dramatic pause. “We are able to do higher,” he informed the viewers.

“No diss,” to legendary white playwrights William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen or Anton Chekhov, Leon stated.

“They’re all on the desk however the desk has bought to be larger,” he stated, including that “We have to hear all the tales,” underscoring the necessity on Broadway for inclusion.

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Earlier, on Broadway’s greatest night time, David Alan Grier received his first Tony for Finest Efficiency by a Featured Actor in a Play for his position in A Soldier’s Play, which is slated for adaptation right into a restricted TV sequence with Grier starring within the present and serving as its govt producer.

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