The Whipping Man
April 6, 2017 - April 23, 2017
By Matthew Lopez
"Vivid, arresting and emotionally potent. Haunting, striking, and powerful." – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
"Lopez's drama has undeniable power." – Adam Feldman, Time Out New York
Black Box Studios Proudly Presents The Whipping Man By MATTHEW LOPEZ
Directed by FRANK AVELLINO Featuring: EDDIE W. COLEMAN, JOSHUA SALVADOR, and ROMMELL SERMONS
Designers: FRANK AVELLINO and GERARD BOURCIER
Producers: HUEY ESQUIRE and MATT OKIN
Final show added for Sunday, April 23 at 7:30pm! Thursday, April 6th, 8PM Friday, April 7th, 8PM Saturday, April 8th, 8PM Sunday, April 9th, 2PM matinee Thursday, April 13th, 8PM Friday, April 14th, 8PM Saturday, April 15th, 8PM No show on Sunday, April 16th Thursday, April 20th, 8PM Friday, April 21st, 8PM Saturday, April 22nd, 8PM Sunday, April 23rd, 2PM matinee
Just added- Sunday, April 23, 7:30pm Tickets: $25 adults, $20 students and seniors. For the final weekend of shows, students can use code SPECSTUDIS to save $9!
Excellent group rates for 10 or more are available by calling (201) 357-2221. Also call for box office hours as tickets can be purchased at the venue.
In The Whipping Man, it's 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 Caled 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 hope 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 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 stay hidden...
The Whipping Man is about redemption and forgiveness, about the lasting scars of slavery, and the responsibility that comes with freedom.
Photos courtesy of Glenn L. Photography