Vortex Theatre presents ‘The Whipping Man’

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – February honors the African-American experiences from the time of slavery to the present day and a local theater is doing the same.

In remembrance of Black History Month, the Vortex Theatre presents “The Whipping Man,” a play set at the end of the Civil War.

This performance will show the struggles of two slaves who have a difficult choice to make concerning their wounded master, Confederate soldier Caleb DeLeon, who returned home for the war to find his family missing.

“The Whipping Man” is the winner of the 2011 John Gassner New Play Award and was called, “Haunting, striking, and powerful,” by the New York Times.

Show times are Friday through Sunday until March 1. Fridays and Saturdays doors open at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Sunday, Feb. 8, is pay-what-you-will day. Guests can also stay after for a talk-back session, a post-performance discussion with Rabbi Paul Citron, the cast and production crew.

The following Sunday, Feb. 15, another talk-back session will take place with UNM professor Finnie Coleman.

For more information, visit their website

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