The American Soldier is a solo show based on letters written by veterans and their families from the American Revolution through current day Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It help us understand why it is so difficult for our veterans to come home after experiencing combat, and honors the incredible sacrifices made by our veterans and their families.
It has performed at the Kennedy Center, Off Broadway, Library of Congress, The American Legion’s National Headquarters, New York's Federal Reserve, and across the country for over 10,000 audiences and veterans.
Nominated for Amnesty International Award for Theatre Excellence
“Flawless and powerful.”
– The Huffington Post
“...he gives each voice a sensitive, moving presence…He is utterly unbelievable.”
– British Theatre Guide
"...go see The American Soldier this inauguration weekend."
– The Washington Post
"The American Soldier is definitely one of the five things you want to do this Memorial Weekend."
– The Austin Chronicle
"His one-man show honors our veterans in their own words."
– The Military Times
"Your play, and performance was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen on stage. It is a voice for veterans. Thank you sir!"
- Marc Coveli, Purple Heart Recipient, Veteran of Iraq & Afghanistan
“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!" - Time Out New York, Off Broadway
Watching you in action was such an honor! Your production brought those soldiers to life for me. Thank you for the work you are doing on behalf of Veterans. It is amazing and I am so glad I had the opportunity to witness. - Library of Congress, Megan Kelly, D.C.
I was left speechless and mesmerized by the characters and your set. Your staging was impeccable, the characters played to perfection. The emotion each character carried was heartfelt and moving. It truly is an unforgettable experience, and there are no words to let you know how profound your performance was tonight. Thank you Douglas! - Rebecca Harrington, American G.I Network, CA.
"This play is raw and incredibly emotional. It gives people who have never experience war or military service, a true and excellent idea of what is it is like. This play touches your soul, and changes your life." - American Legion National Headquarters, Daniel S. Wheeler, National Commander, IN
I had the privilege of seeing yor play twice. I work with active duty military and veterans that suffer with PTSD and find your performance so incredibly powerful. I feel strongly that anyone working with this population see your play, in fact, I think everyone should see your performance. The general population needs to know what our military and veterans endure.” - Laurie Fancher, Veteran Therapist, NY
I couldn’t help but think how brave you are not being a veteran to put yourself in their shoes. Having met many veterans, your play depicted the experiences, passion and pride they have for their service. It was amazing to see you bring their feelings and experiences to life for all of us watching. The appreciation I have for our veterans grew a little more just watching this play. This show will stay in my heart for years to come. - Kristen Pagliocco, Veteran Therapist, NH
Douglas Taurel has been nominated for Innovative Theater Award and Amnesty International Award for theatre excellence.
He’s appeared in numerous television shows including The Affair, Mr. Robot, The Americans, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, The Following, Damages, NYC 22, Believe, and Nurse Jackie.
He's known in the indie film world and has appeared in numerous independent films, including The Cobbler (starring Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman directed by Tom McCarthy), Delivery at the HBO Latin Films Festival, the The Kindergarten Teacher (starring Maggie Gyllenhall and directed by Sara Conlangelo). Also appeared in Delivery at the HBO Latin Films Festival, Help Wanted (Cinequest Online Viewers Choice), La Vida Blanca (L.A Film Festival Winner), and Hagondes (CUNU Festival Winner). His short film Siesta was officially selected and screened at The Big Apple Film Festival, The Atlanta Short Fest, AADA New York and AADA Los Angeles Film Festivals, and the Hamilton Festival.
Taurel has perfomred in numerous Off Broadway stages and was commissioned by the Library of Congress to write and and perform his second solo show, An American Soldier’s Journey Home which commemorates the ending of the First World War and tells the story of Irving Greenwald, a soldier part of the Lost Battalion. He performed the play twice at the Library of Congress on Veterans Day and Memorial Day of 2017.
He’s recently finished filming the Web TV Series Landing Home, which he wrote and directed and it tells the story of a Veteran coming home and learning to adjust back to normal life now out of the Military.