Written and Performed by Jonathan Draxton
Directed by Molly Rose Clifford
September 22 & 24, 2015
The Drama League
Soldier tells the story of Heinrich Weiss, an SS officer trapped on the banks of the River Styx. He is desperately searching for coins so that he and his men can secure passage across the waters, and the only people that can provide him with those coins are you, the audience. Heinrich will reveal his own personal history as well as the origins and facets of man’s love affair with war: the heroism, the glory, and the honor of it. But Heinrich will get more than he bargained for when he first approached these strangers on the riverbank; he will have to confront his own personal demons and defend his actions and the actions of his unit.
So, welcome to the River Styx, where you will be confronted by one soldier, one coin, and a simple question: yes or no?
“The fascinating solo theater piece…is immersive theater in the most emotionally visceral sense.”
The New York Post
“A captivating, trim, and heavily interactive piece.”
Theatre is Easy
JONATHAN DRAXTON (Writer/Performer) is a native of Park City, Utah and a graduate of Williams College. In its previous iteration, his solo show Soldier won the award for Outstanding Short Script at the 2013 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, where he was also nominated in the Outstanding Solo Performance category. Other New York credits include Dog Opera (Tim/Hank), Moby Dick-Rehearsed (Ishmael), and The Twelfth Labor (Cruce). His short film credits include A First Date, Exercises 1-4, and Leila.
MOLLY CLIFFORD (Director) is a New York based director focused on new works. She attended Connecticut College and the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. NYC Directing: UglyRhino Productions, RAL Productions, the New York Musical Theater Festival and the world premiere of Anna Fox’s The Elephant in the Room (NY Fringe). Assisting: Classic Stage, Playwrights Realm, Berkshire Theater Group, The Play Company, Vineyard Theatre, Cherry Lane.