A soldier’s leg took home the trophy for Best Resuscitation of a Play Sunday (September 26) at the 74th Annual Tony Awards.
According to New York Timesin 1982, Charles Fuller was only the second African-American to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama A soldier’s leg. It dramatizes the murder of a black sergeant and the investigation into his death by a black officer at a separate Louisiana military base in 1944.
The artistic director and CEO Todd Haimes and the play’s instructor Kenny Leon Tony accepted.
In his acceptance speech, Leon, a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, held one of the night’s most moving moments.
“Breonna Taylor, ”He said three times in a row.
“George Floyd, ”Leon continued, followed by a dramatic pause. “We can do better,” he told the audience.
“No diss” to legendary white playwrights william Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen or Anton Chekhov, Leon said.
“They’re all at the table, but the table needs to be bigger,” he said, adding that “we need to hear all the stories,” emphasizing the need for integration on Broadway.
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Earlier, on Broadway’s biggest night, David Alan Grier won his first Tony for Best Performance by a Prominent Actor in a Play for his role in A soldier’s leg, which is intended for adaptation to a limited TV series with Grier starring in the show and acts as its executive producer.
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