The Whipping Man
August 18-30, 2020
Taking place during the first Passover following the end of the Civil War and the fall of slavery, two former slaves greet their former owner, a young Confederate officer who has been severely wounded. The officer finds his family's home in ruins and abandoned, save for his 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 sooothed by this tradition, and deep-buried secrets from the past refuse to be hidden forever as the play comes to its shocking climax.