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Blair Underwood and David Alan Grier are teaming up to star in A Soldier’s Play, the 1944 story, which follows a murder mystery centered around the death of black Sergeant Vernon C. Waters (played by Grier) who is found on a Louisiana army base. A driven investigator named Captain Richard Davenport (portrayed by Underwood), must solve the racially charged crime.

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Broadway fans will probably remember a different version of Charles Fuller’s play, starring Grier, Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson in 1981. They’d go on to star in the 1984 film adaptation, A Soldier’s Story.


A Soldier’s Play officially opens on Jan. 21.

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