The Buffalo Hero of World War I: The Wayne Miner Story, which told of an African-America soldier who made history is making history itself! Playwright, Producer, Director, and Scholar, Kenthedo Robinson’s, riveting work filled with history and inspiration returns to New York before joining an historic celebration in Kansas City.
The Buffalo Hero of World War I: The Wayne Miner Story:
NEW YORK at American Theatre of Actors, 314 W. 54th NYC
Thurs. Oct. 24 7:PM; Fri. Oct. 25 7PM; Sat. Oct. 26 2PM & 7PM; Sun. Oct. 27 3:PM. Tickets: $20 Discount Codes: Sen. Cit. SCTBH; Students/Teachers STBH; Transit Workers TWUTBH; Veterans VETTBH. For info: Kenthedo@Gmail.com / 917-523-2823
THEN REGIONALLY at the Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central, Kansas City, Mo. 64108, November 22-24. General Tickets Price $25 / Gala Performance $50. Tickets @ Brownpapertickets.com
The Buffalo Hero of World War I: Based on a True Story: After acclaimed runs in New York, Kenthedo Robinson’s powerful account of the difference one African-American soldier made in the course of history will return for a New York encore performance before being part of a special celebration of the Buffalo Soldiers in Kansas City. The special weekend of performances at the American Theatre of Actors is the last time this deep exploration into the life of an unsung hero will be shown in New York before it begins its national presence.
The Buffalo Hero himself: Inspired by Kansas City historian, Joe Louis Mattox, and presented by the Joe Beasley Foundation, this is the story of Pvt. Wayne Miner, a “Buffalo Soldier,” valiantly volunteered to take ammunition to the front-line during World War I even when fellow soldiers refused. Miner, a son of slaves, took the credo of the Buffalo Soldier to heart: “Deeds Not Words.” Ignoring his fears and looking death in the face, armed with the light of his mother’s spirit, Wayne Miner entered history at a time when he was not considered an equal.
We’re thrilled for Mr. Robinson and his essential play depicting unsung African-American heroes. We wanted to hear from him about this great work.
You are telling a very important story. Do you feel a stronger sense of responsibility in stating the facts or shaping the characters?
I feel a very strong sense in representing the facts of the story and facts surrounding the characters, especially the character of Wayne Miner. From his humble beginnings to the effort of possibly turning the tide of doom in WWI, his story is certainly to be illuminated not only in America but in France, London, and worldwide.
What is your creative process when writing?
The first approach I notice I did was to study his picture intensely and thoroughly, which gave me a foundation from which the character could spring from. His face exudes innocence, almost the face of “a mamma’s boy”. However, the conviction he displayed in war contrasted against his soft manner in his picture was a great contrast and gave me a foundation to develop his character and the story around him.
What obstacles have you/will you face telling this story.
Most of the obstacles faced had to do with keeping the authenticity of the time period correct. The other important obstacles centered around the other characters of all but one had to be created.
Have you found the need to rewrite the piece having seen it on its feet often.
I have rewritten some areas that I have felt uneasy about. However, working with a wonderful director, Ajene Washington, has allowed me to see even more areas that could be pointed and enhanced.
What do you want the audience to take-away from this show?
What I’d like to people to take away from The Buffalo Hero of World War I: The Wayne Miner Story is actually to answer a question, “If you had one shot at (whatever) in life, would you take it. Hopefully that answer will be. Hopefully, the story will be enlightening and encouraging enough for their answer to be, “Yes.”