Timely drama: Westport Country Playhouse presents ‘The Whipping Man’

March 5, 2018 GMT

The scene may be 150 years ago, but the themes that weave their way through Matthew Lopez’ “The Whipping Man,” remain relevant to the audiences of today.

The Westport Country Playhouse will present a reading of this award-winning drama, which brings together three survivors of the Civil War - a badly wounded Jewish Confederate soldier and two of his former slaves who have remained in the family’s home.

Raised in the Jewish faith, the slaves and soldier get ready to celebrate Passover with a Seder, in this once grand estate. The dinner takes on added poignancy, given it marks the emancipation of Hebrew slaves from Egypt. The cast includes playhouse alums Shawn Fagan and John Clarence Stewart and Keith Randolph.

“While this beautiful play has been done all across the country, I’m pleased to be able to share it with a Connecticut audience,” said Anne Keefe, the playhouse associate artist and “Hand in Script” series curator, who also directs this production. “It is shocking and moving, with moments of humor. It seems the perfect play for the Passover and Easter holiday season.”

Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court (off the Post Road), Westport. Monday, March 19, 7 p.m. $20. 203-227-4177, westportplayhouse.org