Thought-Provoking Drama Who Lives? at Pico Playhouse
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In the aftermath of the Civil War, Caleb, a wounded, Jewish Confederate officer, returns to his family home in Richmond only to find that his family has fled to the country. Left behind are two former slaves, Simon and John, raised by his family as Jews. As the three men unite to celebrate Passover, they struggle to overcome their shared past and the reality of the new world in which they find themselves. An extraordinary story of loyalty, deceit and deliverance, The Whipping Man is a unique look at a pivotal point in history. Learn More
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Featured review from JessAndPaul
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Wonderful play and cast. It was very interesting and moving - who knew the ethical debates behind some of the medical services that exist today. Very timely with the healthcare reforms that may be coming with the new administration. It sparked a great post-show discussion.
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- "Riveting." --<em>Variety</em>
- "Highly dramatic." --<em>Beverly Press</em>
- "Thought-provoking." --<em>LA Weekly</em>
In the early 1960s, an anonymous committee of ordinary citizens in Seattle debated which kidney disease victims to choose for an experiment: something called kidney dialysis. If the experiment worked, a small number of people would live instead of surely die from kidney failure. But who among the selection pool lives? How will the committee choose? Playwright Christopher Meeks centers the action on one person, attorney Gabriel Hornstein, who desperately needs what the committee offers.