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Written by:
Matthew Lopez
Directed by:
Philip Akin

Produced in association with:
Obsidian Theatre Company

Sterling Jarvis, Brett Donahue and Thomas Olajide

March 16 - April 14, 2013

Studio Theatre
Toronto Centre of the Arts
Approximately 2 Hours

Content Advisory:
Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Contains strong language and one scene of explicit physical trauma.

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The Show

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, who were also raised Jewish, 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

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Show Times
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Post Show Talkback Schedule

Saturday March 16thJews, Slavery, and the Civil War – a Paradox.
Marilyn Herbert (director of Bookclub-in-a-Box) and Rona Arato (author of Working for Freedom, the Story of Josiah Henson). Interactive discussion with the audience

Thursday March 28th - "Jewish Masters and their Slaves in Suriname."
Natalie Zemon Davis- World renowned professor of the University of Toronto

Thursday April 4thJews, Slavery, and the Civil War – a Paradox. Marilyn Herbert (director of Bookclub-in-a-Box) will speak with one or two cast members about how drama and fiction allow a broader overview with which to gauge historical perspective. Interactive discussion with the audience

Saturday April 6thAn African Canadian Scholars thoughts and perspective on The Whipping Man- George Elliott Clarke- E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature and Toronto's Poet Laureate

Tuesday Saturday April 9thCast talkback

April 13th An Israeli Perspective with Rabbi Meir Azari of the Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism- Israel's leading and largest Reform organization, will provide commentary and lead an eye-opening discussion about Israel's challenge with its African refugees and foreign workers and the role of progressive Judaism in ensuring human rights.

Sunday April 14th 2:00 pm performance- Cast talkback
with Rabbi Elyse Goldstein

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Press Review

"Haunting, striking, and powerful "
- The New York Times
"Suspenseful, searing new play "
- The Jewish Week, New York

"Fresh and compelling. Gripping "
- Daily News
"A boldly, vividly, and tautly-written drama"
- New Jersey Newsroom

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Student Study Guide

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An Inside Look at The Whipping Man

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Photo Gallery

Coming as soon as the show begins!
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