The Whipping Man
Full Length Play, Drama / 3m
"Emotionally potent...surreal in the layers of meaning... a quiet force...We are in the hands of a playwright who wants to mess with our viscera." - The New York Times Read More
"A mesmerizing drama." - Newark Star-Ledger
- WINNER - 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award, John Gassner Award
NOMINEE - 2011 Off Broadway Alliance Award, Best New Play
"EMOTIONALLY POTENT...surreal in the layers of meaning... a quiet force...We are in the hands of a playwright who wants to mess with our viscera." - The New York Times, Read More
"A cause for celebration. Mathew Lopez has come as close as any author could to producing a microcosm of the genesis of a wide range of today's Black American males." - Talkin' Broadway, Read More
"Lopez’s script is a triumph of economy and timing. He knows how to respect the truth and intention of his writing . . . His eloquence and simplicity border on poetry." Cultural Weekly, Read More
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KeywordsBetrayal, Parenting/Family, Politics, Religion, War, Black/African-American Interest, Jewish Interest
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- Time Period: American Civil War Era
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: The ruins of a once grand home in Richmond, Virginia.
- Additional Features: Stage Combat, Special Effects
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
CALEB - 20s; only child of the DeLeon family.
JOHN - 20s; former slave in the DeLeon home.
- All Male
- Ensemble cast
- Multicultural casting
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
The Whipping Man premiered at Luna Stage Company in Montclair, NJ in 2006. It was further developed and produced at Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul, MN and at the Old Globe in San Diego, CA and opened off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club in February of 2011.