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A Soldier’s Play



In a Louisiana army camp in 1944 Capt. Taylor, the white C.O., has a problem. He commands a black company whose sergeant has been murdered. He is worried the murderer may be a white officer or the local Klan. A black captain, Richard Davenport, is assigned to investigate. Taylor tries to discourage him because he feels the assignment of a black investigator means the case is to be swept under the rug. Capt. Davenport perseveres and, as he probes deeper, he finds the black soldiers are as corrupted with hatred as the whites. Each one had a motive for the killing. Davenport solves the case and the truth is even more shocking than the murder itself.

Character Breakdown

Captain Richard Davenport (M, African American, lawyer and military officer)
Captain Charles Taylor (M, Mid-to late 30s, White)
Tech/Sergeant Vernon C. Waters(M, African American)
Corporal Bernard Cobb (M, Mid-to late 20s, African American)
Private Louis Henson (M, Late 20s-early 30s, African American)
Private James Wilkie (M, Early 40s, African American)
C.J. Memphis(M, young and handsome, African American)
Private First Class Melvin Peterson(M,late 20s, African American)
Private Anthony Smalls(M, Late 30s, African American)