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The Houston Mutiny

The trial of the all-black

24th Regiment

A play in two acts by Gord Carruth & Robert Knuckle


This play is based on a series of events in 1917 leading up to and following the mutiny of the all-black 24th infantry regiment stationed in Houston at Camp Logan. It is a dramatic presentation of the subsequent court martial. Throughout this military tribunal, action will also take place in other venues as background to the trial is given, evidence is presented, and events are portrayed in flashback. Most of the names, places, and incidents are accurate and factual. For dramatic purposes, some of the relationships among characters have been altered.

Was justice served or was it a miscarriage of military jurisprudence?


Cast of Characters
  • Colonel John Hull: 45-50, Southern prosecuting attorney

  • Major Nathaniel Greer: Late 30s, defence attorney

  • Corporal Charles Baltimore: 24, a black soldier

  • Sergeant Vida Henry: 40, a black soldier

  • Private Cleda Love: 20s a black soldier

  • Maude Potts: 30s, a white Texan woman age

  • Lee Sparks: 40s, a white Texan police officer

  • Sarah Travers: 20s a black woman

  • Major Kneeland Snow: 30s White officer

  • Trainconductor (Can double as Snow): 30s White Texan

One copy of the script. (May be be duplicated for cast and production staff.)






A one-time fee of $450 or $75 for each performance whichever is higher shall be paid by the theatre to Maple Leaf Theatre Productions for the rights to perform, and for all materials listed above:  cf  standard performance contract for other terms.


Royalties shall be paid by the theatre to Maple Leaf Theatre Productions at a rate of 10% of the certified gross box office receipts, not including credit card charges, group sales commissions, and all sales tax, goods and services or similar government taxes. :  cf Production Contract for other terms​.

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