CAESAR, ADOLPH ( 1934-1986), Veteran actor of stage, screen, and television, and originator of a one-man show. Best-known for his performance as Tech. Sgt. Vernon Waters in CHARLES FULLER's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Soldier's Play ( 1981), which was also made into a film, retitled A Soldier's Story ( 1984), in which Caesar repeated his stage role and was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor. Gained theatrical experience during his 15-year association with the Negro Ensemble Co. (NEC), and through performances in Shakespearean plays and numerous television commercials. Other stage acting credits include Day of Absence ( 1965), The Sty of the Blind Pig ( 1971), Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide ( 1974), The Brownsville Raid ( 1976), The Truth About the Truth ( 1978), and Lagrima Del Diablo ( 1980). As a memorial to Caesar, the NEC has established an annual Adolph Caesar Performing Arts Award Benefit, the first of which was held on April 26, 1987.
The Square Root of Soul (one-man show, full length, 1976). Conceived and performed by Caesar. A staged reading, with connecting narrative, of the works of 27 black poets, including † Paul Laurence Dunbar, † James Weldon Johnson, LANGSTON HUGHES, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Don Lee. Described as a show which "floats halfway between a recitation and a play."--Encore, Aug. 1, 1977. Prod. by NEC; dir. by Perry Schwartz; opening first at the American Theatre, Washington, DC, Feb. 4, 1976, for 15 perfs.; then on tour of cities and campuses outside New York for a year and a half. Opened Off-Bway at the Theatre De Lys, June 14, 1977, for 28 perfs.
CAIN, ORLANDO, Playwright. Formerly associated with the South Side Community Theatre in Chicago, IL.
Cry of the Still Blacks (1973). Deals with "a myriad of themes: interracial marriage, homosexuality, alcoholism and family disunity." -- Black World, April 1974, p. 52 ( Perkins). Prod. by the South Side Community Theatre, Nov. 1973.