Obsidian Theatre Company

The Whipping Man

The Whipping Man

by Matthew Lopez

In Association with Harold Green Jewish Theatre

Toronto Centre for the Arts


Directed by Philip Akin



Sterling Jarvis

Thomas Olajide

Brett Donahue



It is Passover 1865. The Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage Is being observed in Jewish homes across the country. One of these homes, belonging to the DeLeons of Virginia, sits in ruins. Confederate officer Caleb DeLeon has returned from the war to find his family missing and only two former slaves remaining. As they wait for the family’s return, the wrestle with their shared past as master and slave, digging up long buried family secrets along the way as well as new ones. Slavery and war, they discover, warp even good men’s souls.



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