The Whipping Man
by Matthew Lopez
Directed by: Willie Minor
Hassan El-Amin (Dallas Theater Center Resident Company Member)
Christopher Dontrell Piper
It is April 1865.The Civil War is over, slaves are being freed, soldiers are returning home, and the annual celebration of Passover is being celebrated in Jewish homes. 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, except 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 an 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 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.
THE WHIPPING MANKD STUDIO THEATRE 2600 N. Stemmons Freeway Suite 180 Dallas, Texas 75207
Last Five Performances: February 20-23, 2014
Thursday, Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 pm $25
Saturday & Sunday @ 2:30 pm $20
Special discounts available for students, seniors 65 and over, and groups of 10 or more.
NO TRANSACTION FEE’S FOR ON-LINE ORDERS
“Whether you’re looking for a fresh story for Black History Month, a provocative lens through which to view Passover or a penetrating look at what freedom means, this should get conversation going.”
– Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News — click here to read review
“African American Repertory Theater has mounted a play that is a must see. The quality of the production, both in acting and directing, surpasses what I’ve seen in most other local theatres. The play’s brilliance shows they are masters of the stage and makes them a company worth patronizing. The Whipping Man is a play that will transport you to another era, make you laugh uproariously, and hold your breath in fear. It is also one that you will discuss, as I did with my theatre companion, for hours after the performance. Truly brilliant.”
– Reviewed by Mark-Brian Sonna, Associate Critic for John Garcia’s THE COLUMN — click here to read review