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The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel
The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel
is a play by David Rabe. Rabe's first play in his Vietnam War
Vietnam War
trilogy that continued with Sticks and Bones and Streamers, its story is bracketed by scenes depicting the death of the everyman-like title character, who mindlessly grabs at a live hand grenade tossed into the Saigon brothel he is visiting. A born loser who is drafted into the United States Army, Hummel immediately encounters difficulties with both his sergeants and fellow recruits, none of whom trust him. As he stumbles through basic training and comes ever closer to the battlefield, he is guided by Ardell, a mysteriously ambiguous character who seemingly is an officer but serves as Hummel's conscience and a Greek chorus–like figure as well. Although injured repeatedly, Hummel is so determined to be a soldier he passes up a chance to go home, a decision that ultimately proves fatal.

Contents

1 Productions 2 Cast

2.1 Off Broadway production 2.2 Broadway production

3 Awards and nominations 4 References 5 External links

Productions[edit] Under the auspices of the New York Shakespeare Festival, the play premiered Off-Broadway at The Public Theater
The Public Theater
on May 19, 1971. Directed by Jeff Bleckner, the cast included William Atherton
William Atherton
as Hummel, Albert Hall as Ardell, and Joe Fields as Sgt. Tower The play opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre
Longacre Theatre
on April 14, 1977 in previews, officially on April 24, 1977 and closed on September 3, 1977 after 117 performances. Directed by David Wheeler, the cast included Al Pacino
Al Pacino
as Hummel, Gustave Johnson as Ardell, and Joe Fields reprising his role as Sgt. Tower.[1] Cast[edit] Off Broadway production[edit]

Actor Role

William Atherton Pavlo Hummel

Victoria Racimo Yen / Second Viet Cong

Albert Hall Ardell

Joe Fields Sgt. Tower

Earl Hindman Kress

Peter Cameron Parker

Rovert Lehman Pierce

Anthony R. Charnota Cpl. Ferrara

Edward Hermann Hinkle

Frederick Coffin Mickey

Sloane Shelton Mrs. Hummel

Garrett Moris Jones

Christal Kim Mama-san

Lee Wallace Sgt. Brisbey

John Benson Sgt. Wall

Bob Delegall Parham

Edward Cannan Captain Saunders / Captain Miller / Lieutenant Smith

Steven Clarke Burns

Edward Cannan Captain Saunders

John Walter Davis Ryan

D. Franklyn Lenthall Hendrix

Hoshin Seki First Viet Cong / Farmer

Broadway production[edit]

Cast Role

Al Pacino Pavlo Hummel

Tisa Chang Yen / Second Viet Cong

Gustave Johnson Ardell

Joe Fields Sgt. Tower

Larry Bryggman Kress

Max Wright Parker

Lance Henriksen Pierce

Jack Kehon Corporal Jackson

Paul Guilfoyle Hinkle

Ron Hunter Mickey

Andrea Masters Mrs. Sorrentino

Rebecca Drake Mrs. Hummel

Don Blakely Jones

Anne Miyamoto Mama-san / Farmer

Richard Lynch Sgt. Brisbey

Sully Boyar Sgt. Wall

Damien Leake Parham

Cameron Mason Various Vietnamese

Gary Bolling Burns / Private Grennel

Brad Sullivan Captain Saunders

Michael Dinelli Ryan

John Aquino Hendrix

Kevin Maung Gomez / First Viet Cong / Vietnamese Boy

Awards and nominations[edit] Source: Playbill Vault[1]

Awards

1971 Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Director – Jeff Bleckner 1971 Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Playwright – David Rabe 1971 Obie Award
Obie Award
for Distinguished Direction – Jeff Bleckner 1971 Theatre World Award – William Atherton 1977 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play – Al Pacino 1977 Theatre World Award - Joe Fields 1977 Tony Award for Best Actor in Play – Al Pacino

Nominations

1977 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play – Joe Fields

References[edit]

^ a b The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, playbillvault.com, accessed May 15, 2015

External links[edit]

The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel
The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel
at the Internet Broadway Database The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel
The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database

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Obie Award
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