Why is this play different from other …

It’s 1865, the Deep South, and a black man named Simon is holding forth about “the bitterness of slavery.” Not because he has been a slave (though, in fact, he has been). But because he is Jewish.

Simon, recently freed from a Virginia plantation, is conducting a Passover Seder in “The Whipping Man,” the Matthew Lopez drama opening this week at the Old Globe.

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