It is 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 holiday of Passover is being celebrated. Into the chaos of war-torn Richmond comes Caleb DeLeon, a young Jewish 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 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 Whipping Man] stars three remarkable actors. You did not have to be Black or Jewish to enjoy the show." -Serita Stevens, Splash Magazine
“Buoyed by an excellent production design…director Howard Teichman and a crackling cast render a near-optimum staging.” -F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times
“Having missed The Whipping Man’s 2010 West Coast Premiere at the Old Globe, I could not have been more delighted to get this second chance to catch Lopez’s unexpected glimpse into our American past. That the Pico Playhouse was filled with equal parts African and Jewish Americans experiencing the power of live theater together on the night I attended was icing on the cake.”
“Magnificently directed by Howard Teichman…He could not have made a better choice of actors to perform the roles of these three disparate characters." -Carol Segal, StageHappenings.com
“This play is wonderfully directed by Howard Teichman and performed by a superior cast who will knock your socks off and have you enjoying every moment.” - Joe Straw,Joe Straw #9
“The Whipping Man’s cast features three skilled actors whose dedication to the story is admirable and impressive. They, aided by director Howard Teichman and solid production values, help to make the production the success it is.” -Willard Manus,TotalTheater.com