The Cast of the National Tour of A Soldiers Play - Photo by Joan Marcus


The Pulitzer Prize-winning murder mystery A SOLDIER’S PLAY starring Norm Lewis will be at the Victoria Theatre February 14-19. The engagement is co-presented by The Human Race Theatre Company and Dayton Live.

Show Synopsis:

In 1944, on a Louisiana Army base, two shots ring out. A Black sergeant is murdered. And a series of interrogations triggers a gripping barrage of questions about sacrifice, service, and identity in America.

Emmy®, Tony®, and SAG Award nominee Norm Lewis will star as “Captain Richard Davenport” in the 20-week North American tour, directed by Tony Award® winner and Roundabout Theatre Company’s Senior Resident Director Kenny Leon. The North American tour of A SOLDIER’S PLAY begins in December 2022.

American playwright Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece opened on Broadway on January 21, 2020, at Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre, nearly forty years after it was written in 1982. The acclaimed production was nominated for seven Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards, winning Best Revival for both.

How to Get Tickets:

Tickets for the Dayton engagement of the acclaimed touring production start at $25 and are available online at, by phone at 937-228-3630, or in person at the Dayton Live Box Office, located in the Wintergarden of the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center.

Performance Schedule:

Tuesday, February 14              7:30 p.m.         Victoria Theatre

Wednesday, February 15         7:30 p.m.         Victoria Theatre

Thursday, February 16             7:30 p.m.         Victoria Theatre

Friday, February 17                  8:00 p.m.         Victoria Theatre

Saturday, February 18              2:00 p.m.         Victoria Theatre

Saturday, February 18              8:00 p.m.         Victoria Theatre

Sunday, February 19                1:00 p.m.         Victoria Theatre

Sunday, February 19                6:30 p.m.         Victoria Theatre

Additional Activities:

Directly following the performances on Wednesday, Feb. 15 & Thursday, Feb. 16, patrons are invited to stay for Conversations with the Cast hosted by Dayton’s own Rodney Veal where they can ask questions and interact with the cast.

Patrons will also see the Charles Fuller Experience, an exhibit featuring photographs and biographical information about Fuller’s career. Original artwork inspired by Charles Fuller will also be on display. Artists from local collective Scripted in Black have created pieces to honor the playwright for this exhibit. The Charles Fuller Experience takes place in the reception room on the Mezzanine level of the Victoria Theatre. A “Meet the Artist” Reception is planned after the evening performance on Saturday, Feb. 18, where patrons can talk with the artists from Scripted in Black about their work and inspiration.

Quotes from Dayton Live & The Human Race Theatre Company:

“This is an incredibly powerful piece of theatre, an edge-of-your-seat murder mystery that deals with themes and issues in a most thought-provoking way,” said Ty Sutton, Dayton Live President & CEO. “Dayton Live has partnered with The Human Race Theatre Company to bring this acclaimed production to Dayton, the only Ohio stop on the tour. The only other midwestern cities on the 20-city North American tour are Chicago and Minneapolis.”

“The Human Race Theatre Company is thrilled to partner with Dayton Live to bring this award-winning production to town,” said Kappy Kilburn, Executive Director of The Human Race Theatre Company. “Through this collaboration, our audience gets to enjoy this stellar opportunity with many more in our community.”

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