April, 1865: the Civil War is drawing to a close. Caleb DeLeon, a Jewish Confederate soldier, returns wounded from the battlefield to find his family home in ruins, abandoned by everyone except Simon and John, two former slaves, who were raised as Jews in the DeLeon home. As the three men reunite to celebrate Passover, they uncover a tangle of secrets... ties that bind them together and that, ultimately, could cost each man his freedom.

Content Advisory: Recommended for ages 12 and up.  Contains strong language and one scene of explicit physical trauma.

The Whipping Man

November 3 - December 2, Second Stage - Thrust Configuration

written by Matthew Lopez
directed by Giovanna Sardelli

Runtime:
Act 1: approx. 70 minutes
Intermission: 15 minutes
Act 2: approx. 35 minutes
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Total: approx. 2 hours

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Play Video From left: Shawn Fagan, Russell G. Jones in the Cleveland Play House  production of The Whipping Man directed by Giovanna Sardelli in Second  Stage at PlayhouseSquare, November 2 - December 2, 2012. Photo credit:  Roger Mastroianni. © 2012 Roger Mastroianni From left: Shawn Fagan, Avery Glymph in the Cleveland Play House  production of The Whipping Man directed by Giovanna Sardelli in Second  Stage at PlayhouseSquare, November 2 - December 2, 2012. Photo credit:  Roger Mastroianni.  © 2012 Roger Mastroianni Shawn Fagan in the Cleveland Play House production of The Whipping Man directed by Giovanna Sardelli in Second Stage at PlayhouseSquare, November 2 - December 2, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.  © 2012 Roger Mastroianni Russell G. Jones  in the Cleveland Play House production of The Whipping Man directed by Giovanna Sardelli in Second Stage at PlayhouseSquare, November 2 - December 2, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.  © 2012 Roger Mastroianni Avery Glymph in the Cleveland Play House production of The Whipping Man directed by Giovanna Sardelli in Second Stage at PlayhouseSquare, November 2 - December 2, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2012 Roger Mastroianni From left: Avery Glymph, Russell G. Jones, Shawn Fagan in the Cleveland Play House production of The Whipping Man directed by Giovanna Sardelli in Second Stage at PlayhouseSquare, November 2 - December 2, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.  © 2012 Roger Mastroianni From left: Avery Glymph, Russell G. Jones, Shawn Fagan in the Cleveland Play House production of The Whipping Man directed by Giovanna Sardelli in Second Stage at PlayhouseSquare, November 2 - December 2, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.  © 2012 Roger Mastroianni From left: Russell G. Jones, Shawn Fagan in the Cleveland Play House  production of The Whipping Man directed by Giovanna Sardelli in Second  Stage at PlayhouseSquare, November 2 - December 2, 2012. Photo credit:  Roger Mastroianni. © 2012 Roger Mastroianni Shawn Fagan in the Cleveland Play House production of The Whipping Man directed by Giovanna Sardelli in Second Stage at PlayhouseSquare, November 2 - December 2, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2012 Roger Mastroianni From left: Shawn Fagan, Avery Glymph in the Cleveland Play House production of The Whipping Man directed by Giovanna Sardelli in Second Stage at PlayhouseSquare, November 2 - December 2, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.  © 2012 Roger Mastroianni From left: Shawn Fagan, Russell G. Jones in the Cleveland Play House  production of The Whipping Man directed by Giovanna Sardelli in Second  Stage at PlayhouseSquare, November 2 - December 2, 2012. Photo credit:  Roger Mastroianni. © 2012 Roger Mastroianni From left: Shawn Fagan, Russell G. Jones in the Cleveland Play House  production of The Whipping Man directed by Giovanna Sardelli in Second  Stage at PlayhouseSquare, November 2 - December 2, 2012. Photo credit:  Roger Mastroianni. © 2012 Roger Mastroianni From left: Russell G. Jones, Shawn Fagan in the Cleveland Play House production of The Whipping Man directed by Giovanna Sardelli in Second Stage at PlayhouseSquare, November 2 - December 2, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2012 Roger Mastroianni From left: Russell G. Jones, Shawn Fagan in the Cleveland Play House  production of The Whipping Man directed by Giovanna Sardelli in Second  Stage at PlayhouseSquare, November 2 - December 2, 2012. Photo credit:  Roger Mastroianni. © 2012 Roger Mastroianni
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Having attended the last show, we witnessed three mesmerizing performances! "The Whipping Man" needs more to be seen and hopefully will be brought back to the Cleveland area.

- LS and SS, Avon, OH

The Whipping Man was poignantly intense, heartbreaking and renewing. The acting, lighting and set more design were exceptional. A must see.

- Elissa Weizman, Solon

This was a great play that shouldn't be missed! The common core of the more Passover theme about the Jewish slaves versus the black slaves of post civil war time makes one truly think about the irony that presents itself.

- A Wieder, Solon

My wife Phyllis and I saw The Whipping Man in Washington, DC this past Spring. more It was outstanding and we were truly excited to learn that it will now be in Cleveland. It's an exceptional play and we can certainly recommend it to Cleveland audiences without hesitation.

- Ken Bravo, Cleveland, OH

All three roles were powerful and superbly performed. The story was both touching and more sad. We wish we would have seen it earlier in the run so we could get more of our friends and family into to see it.

- C. Cox, Lakewood

The play was magnificant. These men were made to perform together. Wish I more had the opportunity to see it again!

- Alicia Brennan, Cleveland, Ohio

An excellant play and excellant actors. It was well written and kept our interest going more all the time.

- Rks, Mayfield heights, Ohio

This is an amazing play - complex characters, suspenseful plot, and powerful acting. The more darkness and persistent rain added a melancholy atmosphere appropriate to the story, as dark secrets and various types of suffering played out.

- Joanne, Cleveland Hts

Very powerful production. A "must-see!"










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- Carolyn H. , Middleburg Hts.

An incredibly powerful performance. I am amazed at the talent of the actors playing the more roles, the set, the sound effects, the actual rain, the costumes, the story line " just the whole thing.

- Lynette, Old Brooklyn

Top-notch production of a top-notch play. Interestingly, this play's performance in Cleveland coincides with more the recent release of the movie LINCOLN...both serving to remind us of this dark saga of American history. Thank you for presenting it.

- KM, KM

The actors' delivery made the production. Very glad to have seen the CPH production more of "The Whipping Man."

- GLL, Cleveland Heights

Thought this was an amazing, creative play. The writing and acting were excellent!

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- Beth Brandon, Cleveland

An emotionally potent atmospheric drama

- The New York Times, New York

very very good period piece---- thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the show

- Bob & Vicki, Mentor

Extraordinary story and performances -- so glad I saw it!

- TH, Shaker Heights

This is a well-written and wonderfully acted play!! The story is revealed in well-paced more layers that keep the audience engaged through the final scene. The set design was intriguing--lighting, rain, thunder! I highly recommend "The Whipping Man."

- Connie Lawson-Davis, Cleveland

One of the best plays I've seen in a long time.




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The acting was superb and the story rivoting!!!





Thank-you!

- MB, Russell

It was a moving and powerful play, extremely well-staged and acted. Seeing it at more the end of the presidential campaign brought home the painful truth that our nation continues to wrestle with these issues.

- Dave Abbott, Cleveland

I could see this play at least 3 more times and each time see something more different. So many levels of truth that applied to their time and ours today. Powerful.

- GAE, South Euclid

Intense, emotional, engaging, and beautifully interpreted by the actors. Cleveland Play House brings us more incredible pieces as well as talented casts and crews. Well done!

- Patricia, Rocky River

Spectacular! Brilliant writing, brilliant acting.

- GDQ, Cleveland Heights

One of the best plays I have ever seen! The acting is superb. more I recommend attending the Pre-show conversation. Attending it gave the play more meaning.

- Carol, Medina

The play, the acting, the direction etc. were absolutely remarkably brilliant. One of the more best plays I have seen in years.

- Barbara Sue Peay, Cleveland Heights

Good play, done very well ,have recommended it to friends

- MCR, WESTLAKE

Stunning. Still thinking about it the day after. Friend saw it two weeks ago and more still haunted. Beautifully acted.



- Welch, Shaker Heights

Beautifully written and compellingly acted--this play will become a classic

- Beth Simon, Lyndhurst

Both my husband and I are glad that we saw this play. It was more certainly a gripping story. We really liked Russell Jones and his portrayal of Simon. We'd like to see more of him.

- KBK, Cleveland Heights

Excellent acting--very powerful and moving script---one of the best plays I have seen in a more long time...Congratulations

- Linda K, Avon Lake,OH

We thoroughly enjoyed Whipping Man. A very fine play with powerful, well acted, more characters. Highly recommend.

- MCD, Shaker Heights, Ohio

The combination of an outstanding script, tremendous acting in an intimate theatre led to one more of the best theatre experiences my wife and I have had in Cleveland in the last 12 years.

- Michael, Cleveland Heights

Excellent - intense stage play, that I feel illustrates a period of history fairly more - holds your attention to the very end.





A must see performance!

- DLM, Olmsted Falls

Whipping Man was one of the best plays I have seen at the play house. more I have been a member of the play house for 35 years and plan to keep going to the play house. Congradulation Mr. Bloom! you are doing a great job.

- Kathy, Bay Village

I cannot tell you how moved I was. What an incredible play--so well constructed more and acted.





I was surprised that I never gave any thought to Jews being in the South and slave owners--and the religion the slaves would follow. I will be thinking about it for a long time. It was particularly poinant to realize two were actually brothers. Thank you so much. I would love to hear more from this playwrite.

- Carole Warren, Vermilion

This was a very moving play with truly excellent performances by the three actors. more I believe this play will stay with me for a very long time.

- BJM, Rocky River

WOW! I saw the play last week and what a fantastic performance. The more acting is incredible. The 70 minutes of the first half of the play flew by in what seemed to be minutes. I really could have sat there longer where as some plays you just can't wait for intermission. Great job again. I can see this play being made into a movie.

- SAL, Willoughby

One of the best plays we've seen in a long time and a superb production more by the Play House. The three actors are superb and the set, sound effects and lighting add to the experience. This is a play that will take you out of yourself and remind you how difficult life has always been for some people. It's a heartbreaker.

- martha towns, shaker heights

It was very good and lets you think about aspects of the Civil War that more you would not ordinarily think of. The playback after the play brought out a lot of discussion.

- FPG, North Ridgeville

A very powerful play with a wonderful cast. We found it very thought provoking and more intense and would recommend it to all.







- Wally Kaplan, University Hts.

I have lived in Cleveland all my life and have I just have to say more that The Whipping Man is by far the best play I have seen in my 62 years. Best words to describe this play are all R's: remarkable, raw and riveting.



- Donna Nimberger, Cleveland

"The Whipping Man" is a powerful story filled with insight and more many issues to think about. The acting was extraordinary. The tensions and bitterness of the Civil War era really came to life. My husband and I talked about the play for a long time after we left the theater.

- Lee Haas, Shaker Heights

Absolutely amazing. Well-acted drama that leaves the viewer stunned at the end of it all, more wanting to see it all over again.

- KB, Cleveland, OH

Another great production. Excellent acting.

- Phyllis S., Cleveland

The Whipping Man is a phenomenal play with three amazing actors. I saw it more last night for the second time!!! Had to share with my family. Thank you to CPH, the actors, the director, the set designer, the costume designer and everyone else involved!

- Ellen Darby, Cleveland

Excellent performance! Enjoyed it immensly. Loved the Second Stage Thrust Configuration. Made you feel more as if you were part of the performance.

- DD, Chardon

Excellent, superb, one of the BEST SHOWS we have ever attended. Thank you.

- Mary Ray, Chardon

Fantastic story and the actors were all A-1!!!! I loved the more personal theater, too. more I highly recommend this performance!

- LKA, Cleveland

This is a very powerful play, superbly acted. I feel privileged to have seen more it. The Reading Club discussion enhanced my appreciation of the set and the director.

- MJ, Shaker Heights

My wife and I saw and thoroughly enjoyed the Whipping Man on Saturday, November 24th. more The entire experience, from the pre-play presentation to the acting, the set design, and the intimacy of the production was excellent. The angle of Jewish Slaveowners is one that we had never considered. It was fascinating. We are particularly impressed with your efforts to make the experience more than just a trip to the theatre for a show, but rather a time of connection, information, and engamement. We would highly recommend this production to everyone looking for a great experience and learning opportunity.

- Mark K. Richardson, Pittsburgh, PA

Moving, thought-provoking and exceptionally well presented.

- Becky, Cleveland

Gripping and extraordinary! Kudos to all the actors, director, sound and stage crew, but more most of all to the venue.

- MRB, Shaker Hts

It was such a powerful performance by all. I was on the edge of my more seat, and moved to tears.

- TD, Cleveland

this was one of the best plays that i have ever seen, the actors more were superb,and gave a brilliant performance.




i would say that this a "must see" to anyone who enjoys good dramatic theatre...very, very well done.

- mjd, brooklyn heights

I saw The Whipping Man last weekend and thought it was an amazing play with more awesome talent! I am recommending it to all my friends and family.

- Shawna Rosner, Cleveland, OH

One of the best dramas I have seen in many years. Emotional, moving and more the acting was superb! This play brings home the real meaning of freedom.

- Ed G, Solon

The performance by each of the artists was excellent, and the play was extremely well more coordinated. The language seemed to be consistent with the presumed language used during American Civil War times, and the concept of the entire play seemed extraordinarily authentic to a chaotic life in the 19th century.

- Jesy F., Cleveland

I saw the Whipping Man just the other day and it was MORE than I more expected. ALL the actors were amazing, and the prop set up was so realisitic. The stage set up at 2nd stage made the play even more wonderful. No matter where you seat I feel that you have a wonderful view of every detail! Way to go playhouse, another great show!

- Tiffany, Brunswick

Incredible performance by actors! Incredible set design! This was a beautiful story that challenges the more mind to look beyond race to accountability, faith, and manhood. It should be mandatory that all junior high and high school students see this play.

- Jennifer C, Shaker Heights, OH

My daughter and I went to see it on a Saturday afternoon. It was a more very powerful and thought provoking performance. I loved the speech about the importance of teaching our children so that none of us ever forget the atrocities humans are capable of committing.

- Amber, Aurora

This was a superb play and performance. It was the best play that we more have seen at the play house for a long time.




Wishing much success to the Cleveland Play House.

- H & R , Moreland Hills

powerfully explores emancipation's strains through impressive acting and stagecraft

- Variety, New York

Worth every penny! The first act was so enthralling I thought it ended early because more it didn't feel like 70 minutes. The second act was even better. I have been recommending the show to everyone!





Thanks!

- ACM, Brecksville

Wonderful production with outstanding acting. I was rivited to the play in its entirety.

- j k, south euclid

I truly enjoyed the production. The theater configuration is intimate and the set design and more special effects were very captivating. The actors were very skilled and the story compelling. Overall I would recommend this performance to any and all.

- Arthur, Cleveland

Powerful, engaging and profound.





Run, don't walk to see this important more play!

- Margy Haas, Westlake

This was by far one of the most compelling plays I have ever seen. more I highly recommend this play.

- jly, medina

The best play I've seen at the playhouse in a long time.

- Gregg Leach, Bath OH

I found the story & the acting to be engaging... but numerous times the quietness more of the voices were hard to hear the important message which the actor was trying to convey.

- DMB, Gates Mills, Oh

People go to plays for many different reasons--I like to be entertained. This play more was educational and it was very well done, but falls far short of my definition of entertaining. Please consider this when working on future selections.

- CT, WILLOUGHBY

After a turkey dinner with red wine I would usually be asleep by 9 PM. more But not last night. WM was forceful and engaging. Well written and well edited. Not a wasted word or gesture. Loved it!

- CFL, Shaker Heights

One of the best productions at the Play House in years. Three equally strong more cast members kept the audience spellbound. The haunting set enhanced the emotional dynamic. The director's vision was critical in bringing the story to life. I would be fascinated to know the genesis of the story and what sparked the author's concept. Bravo and thank you for a great night at the theater.

- Jeb, Akron


Having attended the last show, we witnessed three mesmerizing performances! "The Whipping Man"...

- LS and SS, Avon, OH

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