In 1981, Walter Kerr of the New York Times announced to the world “You should make Mr. Fuller’s acquaintance. Now.” Over two decades later, making Mr. Fuller’s acquaintance is still eminently worthwhile. Charles Fuller was born in Philadelphia, where he was co-founder and co-director of the Afro-American Arts Theater. His play The Perfect Party received critical acclaim in 1969. Zooman and the Sign, which established Fuller as one of the most forceful voices in American theatre, won two Obies in 1980. Fuller’s A Soldier’s Play earned him the New York Critics Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize in 1982. His screen adaptation, A Soldier’s Story, received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Screenplay in 1984.
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