The American Soldier | Upcoming Shows
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Upcoming Shows 2017:

  • The Library of Congress, Veterans Day (November 11th, 2017), Washington. D.C
  • United States Congress,  December
  • South Carolina, The Citadel, April 17th
  • Union Performing Arts Center, Rahway, New Jersey, September 8th – 11th
  • TBA for Tennessee, New Jersey
  • TBA for New Orleans


Contact for bookings


In 55 minutes, this Off Broadway Award Nominated show explores the bravery and difficulties our veterans with PTSD and their families face on a daily basis. Enhanced by an interplay of sound and lights. The show enters the personas of 14 veterans and their family members, telling their stories of courage and sacrifice.  It honors and exposes their scars and spirits with both darkness and humor.


The 4 Star Show is based on real letters written by veterans and their family members from the American Revolution all the way through current day Afghanistan. 


The Kennedy Performance Trailer

Huffington Post

Time Out New York

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The Scotsman

Broadway World.

Performed at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage


Nominated for Amnesty International Award

Annual Freedom of Expression Award for excellent artistic merit that builds understanding and raises awareness about human rights in an inspirational way.


4 Stars at Ed Fringe

Given 4 stars at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015


“He’s in the zone…edgy and adrenalin-fuelled.”

– The Scotsman


“Taurel gives each voice a sensitive, moving presence…He is utterly believable”

– British Theatre Guide


“Taurel commits totally to his characters in every circumstance…flawless and powerful.”

– The Huffington Post


“Moved by the devotion of the performer”

– Broadway Baby


“A striking one man show!”

   – Three Weeks


“Power of the show comes from the sincerity Taurel presents them”

  – The Stage


“Taurel has real talent!”

– The List


“Genuine and honest”

  – Edinburgh Spotlight


“Douglas Taurel’s compact solo play about war and its affect on the everyday soldier…is tightly crafted and effective!”

– Women Around Town


“The American Soldier powerfully brings home the impact of war on the people who live it day in and day out. He plays each character with passion, nuance and heart…a must-see!”

  – Nancy I. Kelly, Producer, Mono a Mono Festival, New York, New York


“Douglas Taurel offers an unvarnished portrait of generations of warriors and the pressures that continue to mold them after their wars are over.”

 – John Chatterton, Curator & Producer of Midtown International Theatre Festival, New York, NY


“This is the greatest one man show to have ever played at TBH Arts Center”  

–  Javier S. Perez, Artistic Director, Houston, TX


“Our theatre strives to create theatrical experiences that relate to and move our audience. Douglas Taurel’s THE AMERICAN SOLDIER certainly fulfilled that aspiration. Our audiences were deeply moved by his heartfelt performance. THE AMERICAN SOLDIER is a beautiful work of theatre.”

– Chris O’Connor, Mile Square Theatre Artistic Director, Hoboken, NJ



“The two performances were unforgettable!  Those that attended the two sold-out shows were moved beyond words at the power of the show and it’s messages. “

– Frank Marquette, Theatre on the Road at Arts at the Chocolate Factory, Red Hook, NY


“The American Soldier is a riveting play that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.  Using dramatic presentations of the lives of individual soldiers through time, the play allows the audience to see into the personal experiences and  the emotions of real people, and to gain invaluable insights into the effects of war.  These effects are deeply personal and timeless – shared experiences from the Revolutionary War, to the Civil War, World Wars, Vietnam War and Wars today.  Douglas Taurel is superb, creating believable and emotion-filled portrayals that I will never forget!”

– Pam Pettengell, Director of Programs, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, VA


“Douglas, you have proved the power of drama in making the past relevant to the world today. The American Soldier makes history less about dates and events, and more about the lives of people. Thank you for bringing The American Soldier to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown! 

– Mark Howell, Director of Education, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, VA


Your work is so awesome!  As I sat there watching you, I said to myself, “wow, I can’t believe I’m seeing this caliber of acting at our theatre.   Being the daughter of a Korea veteran, and the niece of two other war veterans, I began to remember their stories, and their quiet and silent pauses after their stories. You transported our emotions and imagination beyond believe.  You and this play will be remembered fondly, and as long as I’m here, you will always be welcome!   Thank you and God bless!

– Linda Crockett, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX


“Douglas Taurel’s performance of The American Soldier was an outstanding “tour de force”, packed with heartfelt emotion and spirit. I was truly moved by the incredible stories and Douglas’ ability to transform himself into 14 different characters. This is a show that I highly recommend to everyone! A Must See!”

– Neil Caplan, Artistic Director of Bannerman Castle Trust, Bannerman Island, NY


“We were spellbound.  Totally riveted.  We couldn’t move.  Totally spectacular!  An unbelievable voice for past and current veterans!”

– Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS


“What a powerful show to see!  The veterans and all of our residents were moved to tears. What a gift you gave to all of us, especially our veterans.  It brought up so many emotions for everyone that we have not stop talking about the power and beauty of your show for the past week.  What a wonderful show and opportunity you gave us. Thank you so much Douglas!”

Liz Salinas, Director, Atria at the Arboretum, Austin, TX