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‘The Whipping Man’ opens at Taproot Theatre this week

Taproot Theatre‘s newest production, “The Whipping Man,” asks difficult questions about slavery, war and freedom.


Ryan Childers, William Hall, Jr. and Tyler Trerise. Photo by Erik Stuhaug, Taproot Theatre.

Can loyalty and freedom coexist? A Jewish Confederate soldier and two of his former slaves are left to observe Passover together in the wake of the Civil War, prompting the challenging examination and reconciliation of the past while revealing the fear and uncertainty of venturing into a new future. This is a poignant play that The New York Times experienced as, “Haunting, striking, and powerful.”

The show opens on Friday and runs through April 27, with previews this Wednesday and Thursday.

Note: According to Taproot, this play contains profane language and vivid descriptions of war and slavery. It is recommended for ages 16 and up.