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Once Slaves, Then Slaveholders: 'The Whipping Man'

Don Ipock
Kyle Hatley and Michael Genet in "The Whipping Man", on stage at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre through April 8, 2012

It's no coincidence that the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's newest production, The Whipping Man, is on stage around the time of the Jewish festival of Passover.

It depicts Southern Jews in the wake of the Civil War, a people who were once slaves in the Land of Egypt, but are, in the play, slave-holders themselves. 

In the second portion of Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with KC Rep artistic director Eric Rosen and actor Michael Genet about the company's newest production and its timely connection.

Hear More: The Whipping Man runs through April 8 at the Spencer Theatre in the UMKC Performing Arts Center. Call 816-235-2700 or go to KCRep.orgView a slideshow of images from the play here.

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.