‘The Whipping Man’ Marks Playwright’s Strong Debut

The Civil War officially ended when Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865. A brash new play from a playwright making his New York debut puts the day of reckoning a little later.

Matthew Lopez’s “The Whipping Man” explores what freedom, religion and family means for a returning Confederate soldier and his former slaves in the days shortly after the signing ceremony at Appomattox.

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