Before the verbal sparring began between Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood over African-American depictions in war films, there was James McEachin and his one-man show.
Based on his experiences in the trenches, the Army vet and star of the large and smallscreen (“Play Misty for Me,” “Matlock”) created his solo show “Above the Call; Beyond the Duty,” which preems at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C, July 29.
Two-act play features McEachin as the Old Vet, who in the afterlife reflects on his living days as a patriotic black soldier who encounters racial tension and segregation within the ranks.
The character of the Old Vet is based on a figure from McEachin’s other works, including short films “Reveille” and “Old Glory,” the latter of which will unspool before the play itself.
“Above the Call” runs through July 31.