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[[image - black and white photograph of Ruben Hudson]]
Corporal Bernard Cobb
A native of Lackawanna, N. Y., Mr. Hudson counts numerous regional theatre roles to his credit from Digger Thomas in Native Son to Styles/Buntu in Sizwe Banzi is Dead. He has performed since his early college days in theatre and with concert promotions for Ray Charles and the Commodores as well as guest lecturer at State University of New York, Binghampton College and Wayne State University. An accomplished singer, he has directed regional and college theatre and was a professional disc jockey for seven years. Mr. Hudson was a guest artist with the Afro-American Theatre in Detroit in Home and What the Wine Sellers Buy. Most recently, he played the lead in It's Showdown Time for the Crossroads Theatre and just completed the title role in the Part Theatre's touring workshop based on the life of Jackie Robinson, directed by Regge Life. 

[[image - black and white photograph of Cedric Turner]]
Corporal Ellis
The first appearance in the Negro Ensemble Company's production of A Soldier's Play  for Cedric Turner was as Corporal Cobb. Other credits include Daddy Daddy at LaMama and Camptown at Ensemble Studio Theatre. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he holds a B.A. in theatre arts from the University of Louisville. Mr. Turner has appeared in dinner theatres in various roles and he has disc jockeyed in his own radio talk show.

Private First Class Melvin Peterson

Capt. Charles Taylor

[[image - black and white photograph of Lanyard A. Williams]]
Private Tony Smalls
In 1983, Lanyard A. Williams was Audelco nominee for Best Actor for his role in the Off-Broadway production of Parting. A native of Las Vegas, he began his career at the age of 10 at the University of Nevada's Children's Theatre. Mr. Williams is cofounder of Las Vegas' most successful experimental theatre company, Theatre Expose. He has appeared in over 60 stage productions which include Streamers, Inherit the Wind, Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar among others. In New York he was a resident actor with Periwinkle Productions, a touring children's theatre company, where he was featured in their production of Halfway There. Married to playwright Judi Ann Mason, Mr. Williams has appeared in the Theatre of Universal Images' production of The River Niger and Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death.

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[[image - black and white photograph of Danny Goldring]]
Lieutenant Byrd
The debut of Danny Goldring with the Negro Ensemble Company is in this production of a A Soldier's Play. He was most recently seen as Mat Burke in Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie at the American Folk Theatre in New York. He also performed the role of Yank in O'Neill's The Hairy Ape for the National Radio Theatre of Chicago and appeared as Joel in the award-winning comedy Lunching at the Drury Lane Theatre at Water Tower Place in Chicago. On television, Mr. Goldring Portrayed Beau Mitchell in Search for Tomorrow, and was seen in the NBC series The Chicago Story.

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[[image - black and white photograph of Samuel L. Jackson]]
Private Henderson 
One of the original cast members of the Negro Ensemble Company's A Soldier's Play, Samuel L. Jackson is a native of Tennessee and a graduate of Morehouse College. He appeared as Cephus Miles in two touring companies of Home. He also appeared in the American Place Theatre production of Dear Lord Remember Me. Mr. Jackson's other stage credits include roles in Mother Courage and Her Children, Spell #7, Boogie Woogie Landscapes, Inacent Black, The Five Brothers and The Mighty Gents. His movie credits include Milos Forman's Ragtime.

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[[image - black and white photograph of Stephen A. Jones]]
Private Wilkie
Recently Stephen A. Jones appeared in the original production of the Negro Ensemble Company's A Soldier's Play. Earlier at the NEC, he appeared in Zooman and the Sign. He also worked with the Living Stage at the Arena Stage and appeared in productions at the Washington Theatre Club, The Back Alley Theatre, the New Playwright's Theatre, and the Roundabout Theatre in Washington, DC. He has worked in television and industrial films, and taught and directed at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts. Mr. Jones is an alumnus of Karamu Theatre in Cleveland and lives with his wife and two sons in Washington, DC.
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