THE WHIPPING MAN, an extraordinary new piece of theatre set to open February 8th, is well into the rehearsal process. This powerful drama is sure to be a production that West Michigan audiences will be talking about for a long time coming.
We had the opportunity to ask Director D. Terry Williams about this exciting project. Read on to discover a little bit more about THE WHIPPING MAN, and why you should could see this gripping new play.
What is THE WHIPPING MAN about?
THE WHIPPING MAN is about the responsibilities facing three men, one white southern gentleman and his two black slaves, immediately after the end of the Civil War. The action occurs within 48 hours the week that General Lee surrendered at Appomattox. It also happens to be Passover and, as all three were raised as Jews, a Seder takes place celebrating freedom with a double meaning. During the ceremony shocking secrets are revealed.
What drew you to this production?
The major idea that drew me to this production was the challenge facing two distinct classes of people in a time of crisis, which is always the true test of one's behavior. Crises in drama necessitate moral choices and those choices reveal the true character of a person. This is true of this play in an intensely powerful manner.
What is it like directing a show with just three actors (Ben Reigel, Scott V. Norman, Rico Bruce Wade) who are onstage virtually the entire show?
Directing three professional actors who rarely leave the stage has been a joyful experience. It is a true ensemble cast of talented men who love the play and genuinely enjoy one another's company.
Why should audiences come see THE WHIPPING MAN? What can they expect?
Audiences should expect to be engaged in some of the most compelling action one can find in a drama. Moreover, the play will prompt a conversation about our American history has evolved, especially when it concerns race and power.
-Director D. Terry Williams
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THE WHIPPING MAN runs Feburary 8th through the 24th. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Farmers Alley Theatre Box Office at 269-343-2727 or by visiting
Actors Rico Bruce Wade, Ben Reigel and Scott V. Norman rehearse a scene from THE WHIPPING MAN.