KC Repertory "Whipping Man" preview by Robert Trussell
“The Whipping Man” is a play like few others. For one, it depicts Southern Jews in the wake of the Civil War. For another, two of those Jews happen to be ex-slaves. It depicts an improvised Passover seder, the ritual meal celebrating the delivery of the Jews from slavery in Egypt, by the two former slaves and their former master. And the whole thing kicks off with a bang: What better way to focus an audience’s attention than to amputate someone’s leg onstage?