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Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Charles Fuller dies at 83

Added 10-04-22 05:07:01pm EST - “Fuller often explored and exposed how social institutions can perpetuate racism, like he did in his best-known work, the searing and acclaimed "A Soldier's Play."” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Charles Fuller dies at 83”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Playwright Charles Fuller, shown here in 1982, died of natural causes on Monday. He was 83. Bill Ingraham/AP hide caption

NEW YORK — Charles Fuller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of the searing and acclaimed "A Soldier's Play" who often explored and exposed how social institutions can perpetuate racism, has died. He was 83.

Fuller's plays were filled with complex characters and an undercutting of conventions. "The best way to dispel stereotypes and massive lies is telling something as close to the truth as you can," Fuller told Newsday. In one review of his work, The New York Times said "clichés of form, plot and character shatter like skeets at a shooting range."

Fuller's most famous work, "A Soldier's Play," used a military setting in its tale of the search for the murderer of a Black sergeant on an Army base in Louisiana during World War II. It dissected entrenched racism as well as internal divisions in the Black military community, wrapping it in a murder mystery.

The play won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1982 and two years later was made into the Oscar-nominated best picture "A Soldier's Story," for which Fuller wrote the screenplay and earned an Oscar nomination.

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