‘Hill Street Blues’ actor returning to Peterborough Players

June 14. 2017 12:58PM

Taurean Blacque, known for portrayal of Det. Sgt. Neal Washington on television’s “Hill Street Blues,” will appear in “The Whipping Boy” on Peterborough Players’ Hadley Road stage. 

PETERBOROUGH — Star of the ‘80s TV show “Hill Street Blues” and last seen locally in the Peterborough Players’ 2016 production of “Driving Miss Daisy,” Taurean Blacque returns to the Monadnock Region stage in the Matthew Lopez drama “The Whipping Man.”

The show will open at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, and run through Sunday, July 2.

An unflinching play about redemption, forgiveness and the lasting scars of slavery, “The Whipping Man” is the story of Caleb DeLeon, a wounded Jewish Confederate soldier returning to his home in Richmond at the close of the Civil War.

But he finds it in ruins, the house abandoned by everyone except Simon (whom Blacque portrays) and John, two former slaves who were raised as Jews in the DeLeon home. The reunion brings deep-buried secrets to the surface and binds them in ways that could cost each man his freedom.

Blacque is joined by cast members Robert Douglas and Will Howell, with Howard Millman direction the production. All three previously worked together in 2014 on a production of “The Whipping Man” at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe in Sarasota, Fla.

Howell, cast in the role of Caleb, is a former Peterborough Players intern who has performed throughout New England. He was recognized in 2015 by the Kennedy Center for his role in Keene State College’s production of “Equus.”

The production is rated R as it contains adult language and intense images. For information, call the box office at 924-7585 or visit peterboroughplayers.org.
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