Liberty Call

Buriel Clay’s play about two U.S. sailors on liberty in South East Asia during the Vietnam war.

We see the blossoming and the corrosion of a friendship between the black boatswain and a white intellectual . The black sailor is the voice of experience. His white companion is ravenous for experience. The events of their friendship are stereotypical—the boatswain breaks in his mate in a whorehouse and an opium den. But the playwright’s observations are original and his writing is rich with barracks humor. – From Mel Gussow’s NY Times Review of the 1975 Negro Ensemble Company Production

Presented as part of the 1982-83 Season

Artist Credits

Credit Artist Photo
Playwright Buriel Clay
Director Samm-Art Williams
Stage Manager Alice Jankowiak
Set Designer Ilellen Harrison
Lighting Designer Ilellen Harrison
Costume Designer Karen Perry
Sound Designer Gary Harris
Props Bernard Hall
Actor Samm-Art Williams
Actor Michael Jameson
Actor Nick Smith
Actor Dale Ricardo Shields
Actor Danyl Smith
Actor Lilah Kan
Actor Khin-Kyaw Maung
Actor Machiko Izawa
Actor Constance Boardman

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