Wednesday, April 4, 2012


I saw this show at Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ, where it was workshopped. It went on to Off-Broadway and now, just in time for Passover, you can see it at Centerstage in Baltimore:

WHEN: April 4-May 13
Centerstage, 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $10-45*

Acts of Inheritance. Throughout the production, CENTERSTAGE will be providing numerous opportunities for audiences to engage in discussion inspired by the themes of the show. Conversations will focus on the notion of inheritance—inherited faiths, political systems, racial struggles, and all of the inherited gifts and issues associated with our multifaceted identities. Scroll down for more information, and a full listing of events.

Ongoing—beginning April 11

The Head Theater Lobby
An exhibition featuring dramaturgical and historical context alongside art from students at the Maryland Institute College of Art and inspired by The Whipping Man. In partnership with MICA’s Graduate Dean Emeritus, and Founding Director of the Center for Race and Culture, Dr. Leslie King-Hammond.

Ongoing Series

ForeWords, Pre-performance conversations featuring CENTERSTAGE Dramaturgy and Artistic staff. Back of The Head Theater: April 12, 19, 26

AfterThoughts, Post-show discussions featuring CENTERSTAGE Dramaturgy and Artistic staff. The Head Theater stage

  • Thursday, April 12, following 7 PM performance
    Featuring Production Dramaturg and University of Maryland professor Dr. Faedra Chatard Carpenter, Assistant Dramaturg Drew Barker, and Assistant Director Jay Gilman.
  • Saturday, April 14, following the 2 PM performance
    Featuring Production Dramaturg Dr. Faedra Carpenter with guests Dr. Jeffrey McCune and Gabriel Peoples of the University of Maryland.
    Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr. is Assistant Professor in American Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, Assistant Professor in the American Studies and Women's Studies departments, and a faculty affiliate in the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Studies program.
    Gabriel Peoples is an ABD Doctoral Student in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, who has studied English and African studies at The University of Michigan and Africana studies at Cornell University.
  • Thursday, April 19, following the 7 PM performance
    Featuring Production Dramaturg Dr. Faedra Chatard Carpenter.
  • Sunday, April 22, following the 2 PM performance
    Featuring Assistant Dramaturg Drew Barker and Psyche Williams-Forson, Associate Professor & Co-director of Graduate Studies in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Thursday, April 26, following the 7 PM performance
    Featuring Production Dramaturg Dr. Faedra Chatard Carpenter and special guest Dr. Heather Nathans, Professor in Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies; Associate Director of Theatre at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Salon Chats, The Calvert Room, 6 PM

  • April 18 Hosted by the Afro-American Newspaper of Baltimore
  • April 25 Hosted by BLEWS, The Black Jewish Forum of Baltimore
  • May 2 Hosted by Park Heights Jewish Community Center
  • May 9 CENTERSTAGE’s teen afterschool program Encounter presents a debate and discussion

Special Engagements

Wednesday, April 11, 6 PM
Pre-Show Discussion, 6th Floor Rehearsal Hall. The Reverend Dr. Frank M. Reid III of Bethel AME Church and Rabbi Steven M. Fink of Temple Oheb Shalom will join Marc Steiner for a pre-show discussion prior to the Opening Night performance of The Whipping Man, exploring inherited faith and other themes that have shaped relations between African American and Jewish communities.

Sunday, April 15, following the 7:30 PM performance
Post-Show Discussion, The Head Theater. Dr. Raymond A. Winbush, celebrated author and historian, will host a discussion focusing on the legacy of slavery in American: What are the historic and modern implications of slavery in our country? How does it continue to influence race relations and public policy?

Wednesday, April 25, following the 8 PM performance
Post-Show Discussion
, The Head Theater. A conversation with Burt Kummerow, President of Maryland Historical Society, and CENTERSTAGE Artistic Director, and production director, Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Sunday, April 29, following the 2 PM performance
Lea Gilmore performing Freedom Songs, The Head Theater. Lea Gilmore is a blues, gospel, and jazz singing civic activist who has lent her voice to advocacy for the underserved of the world. Appointed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, she served for several years as a member of the Maryland Advisory Board to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and frequently speaks on the history of African American music; civil and human rights; and women’s rights, in addition to their historical and contemporary roles in blues and gospel music. Freedom Songs provide us with the history and musical traditions of a culture so complex, the lyrics often mean more than meets the ear.

Sunday, May 6, 6 PM
Pre-Show Discussion, The Andrus Rehearsal Hall. Chef and food historian Michael Twitty, author of Kosher Soul, hosts a discussion and book signing. Twitty will discuss being African-American and Jewish and how the food traditions from both cultures can be blended and celebrated. His book will be available both pre- and post-show for purchase, and there will be a post-show book signing in The Head Theater Lobby.

Sunday, May 13, following the 2 PM performance
Post-Show Discussion, The Head Theater. Actor, director, comedian, and educator Rain Pryor will share her unique cultural perspective while hosting a discussion. Growing up African American in a Jewish home, Pryor has used her experiences to create the Off-Broadway show Fried Chicken and Latkes.