College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

The Whipping Man

University Theatre

The Whipping Man poster


University Theatre
8 p.m. on Feb. 23, 24; March 1, 2, 3
2 p.m. on March 4

Written by Matthew Lopez

Directed by C. Julian White

It’s 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. Caleb is badly wounded and the two men, Simon and John, are forced to care for him. As the three men wait for the family's return, they 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.