Portland, March 15th, 2013. A “dinner + play” fundraiser was the 3rd in Self Enhancement Inc.’s Salon Series. The event featured Chris Coleman, Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage. After dinner, guests like Tony Hopson, Sr. and Russell Hornsby attended the Portland Center Stage production of the post-civil war drama, Whipping Man. Self Enhancement Inc. supporters had an insiders view of the production while supporting one of their favorite causes: supporting at-risk urban youth. (Photo credit, Antonio Harris).
In the post-Civil War South, three men are tied to each other by history and faith, but are also bound by secrets. A badly wounded Jewish Confederate soldier returns home at war’s end to find that his family has fled to the countryside. Remaining in the city mansion are two former slaves, also raised by his family as Jews. With Passover upon them, the three men unite to celebrate the holiday, even as they struggle to comprehend their new relationships at a crossroads of personal and national history.
The Whipping Man, which premiered in New York in 2011 to great acclaim, is an extraordinary tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance.
The next Self Enchacement, Inc. Salon will be May 17th.