A young black professional quarterback gets his start in a high-stakes playoff game and discovers the system is rigged against him: the referee makes biased calls, the commentators whitewash his efforts to make unconventional plays, and his teammates keep disappearing. Are a white female sideline reporter, a blue collar beer man, and a temporally displaced Union soldier the allies he needs to make the game fair? WHIPPING uses an absurdist mash-up of HAMLET and the NFL to create a bleakly comic commentary on race, class, and gender in modern America.
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