The Whipping Man

The Whipping Man

by: Matthew Lopez

by: Matthew Lopez

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The Whipping Man

The Whipping Man

by: Matthew Lopez

by: Matthew Lopez

Overview

It is April, 1865. The Civil War is over and throughout the south, slaves are being freed, soldiers are returning home and in Jewish homes, the annual celebration of Passover is being celebrated. Into the chaos of war-torn Richmond comes Caleb DeLeon, a young Confederate officer who has been severely wounded. He finds his family's home in ruins and abandoned, save for two former slaves, Simon and John, who wait in the empty house for the family's return. As the three men wait for signs of life to return to the city, they wrestle with their shared past, the bitter irony of Jewish slave-owning and the reality of the new world in which they find themselves. The sun sets on the last night of Passover and Simon - having adopted the religion of his masters - prepares a humble Seder to observe the ancient celebration of the freeing of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt, noting with particular satisfaction the parallels to their current situation. But the pain of their enslavement will not be soothed by this tradition, and deep-buried secrets from the past refuse to be hidden forever as the play comes to its shocking climax.

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Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

Details

  • Genre: Not Applicable
  • Time Period: American Civil War Era
  • Cast Attributes: All Male, Ensemble cast, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Authors

Matthew Lopez

Matthew Lopez is the author of The Whipping Man, one of the most widely produced new American plays of the last several seasons. Since its world premiere at Luna Stage in 2006, it has played at over two dozen theatres across the country including The Old Globe, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Alliance Theatre, North ...

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