Thesp duo prepping for new ‘Soldier’

Pulitzer winner begins previews Sept. 20

NEW YORK — Taye Diggs and Anthony Mackie are set to headline the revival of “A Soldier’s Story” at Second Stage this fall.

Charles Fuller’s play about an African-American Army lawyer who investigates a murder in the Deep South during WWII was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1982. Its world premiere took place at the Negro Ensemble Company in 1981.

In the subsequent film version, the roles of Pfc. Peterson and Capt. Davenport were played by Denzel Washington and the late Harold E. Rollins, respectively.

Washington was featured in the original NEC production, as was Samuel L. Jackson.

In the Second Stage production, Diggs plays Davenport and Mackie takes the role of Peterson. Others in the cast include Teagle Bougere, Michael Genet, Dorian Missick and Steven Pasquale. Jo Bonney directs. Previews begin Sept. 20.

Farther Off B’way

59E59 Theater’s Brits Off Broadway Festival had a very good Wednesday. The day after Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy “Private Fears in Public Places” opened to rave notices, the box office at 59E59 took in more than $51,000, a single-day record for the theater and the festival.

Due to the restrictions of work visas, the British cast of “Private Fears” can’t extend beyond the show’s original July 3 close.

The Ayckbourn play is 10th in the fest’s 11-play program.

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