I caught a mention of the play, The Whipping Man, which opens in Costa Mesa, California January 25th. By this review, it’s a must-see, and it is centered upon a facet of the war I had never considered before: Jewish Southerners who raised their slaves as Jews. I’m researching more on the topic for subsequent posts. Stay tuned, unless you’re in Costa Mesa, in which you should tune out and go see the play!
Matthew Lopez’s “The Whipping Man” gives us something even more intriguing – and more gut-wrenching. Imagine Southern Jews of the Civil War era. Now imagine them alongside slaves whom they’ve raised within the precepts of Judaism.
That’s “The Whipping Man,” and its Martin Benson-directed staging at South Coast Repertory is a powerhouse.