THE WHIPPING MAN
Howard Drew Theatre
Omaha Community Playhouse
6915 Cass St.
Thurs.-Sat.: 7:30 p.m. Sunday: 2 p.m.
The day after the end of our national tragedy,The Civil War, Passover started. In Mathew Lopez’s 2006 play dealing with those wounds, a seriously injured Jewish Confederate soldier returns to shattered Atlanta. And to his property. Which had meant owning humans. Slaves. Two of them have remained. The three struggle to survive and to commemorate legacies of faith, centuries after Moses freed his people from bondage. “Tough and evocative (with) an almost Biblical resonance” hailed the New York Times. This was 28 year old Lopez’s stage writing debut. In a Times interview he described himself as a “foxhole Episcopalian” from the Florida Panhandle, the son of a Puerto Rican father and a Polish-Russian mother, as well as a gay man, an outsider bullied when a child. And added, “We, as Americans, have to take responsibility for our past.” From The Playhouse: “adult content…strong language…for mature audiences.”