The Whipping Man
February 26 — March 23
On the Main Stage
By Matthew Lopez
Directed by Rose Riordan
“A compelling Civil War-era drama, filled with fine characterization and unexpected moments of humor.” —The New York Times
In the post-Civil War South, three men are tied to each other by history and faith, but are also bound by secrets. A badly wounded Jewish Confederate soldier returns home at war’s end to find that his family has fled to the countryside. Remaining in the city mansion are two former slaves, also raised by his family as Jews. With Passover upon them, the three men unite to celebrate the holiday, even as they struggle to comprehend their new relationships at a crossroads of personal and national history.
The Whipping Man, which premiered in New York in 2011 to great acclaim, is an extraordinary tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance.
Please note: While The Whipping Man takes place in a harrowing era in American history, the production itself does not depict scenes of violence between slaves and owners.
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursday matinees at noon
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The Whipping Man runs approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission.
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Reviews and Comment
Marty Hughley | The Oregonian [Review 19 Mar 2013]
Amid the desolation of the Civil War’s waning days, a newly freed slave has been looting—liberating, he prefers to say—clothing, china, liquor and so forth from the abandoned houses of Richmond, Virginia. And in a brief exchange between a wounded Confederate soldier and the thief, Matthew Lopez’ drama “The Whipping Man,” which opened Friday at Portland Center Stage, lays out what we might call an immoral equivalency: “What’s all this?” “Things.” “Whose?” “Mine now.” “What are you going to do with it?” “Own it.” “Why?” “Because I can.”read more
Gigi Little | Ut Omnia Bene Blog [Review 19 Mar 2013]
I was captivated even before The Whipping Man started last night at the Gerding Theater.
Down across the darkened stage, in the little arched window over the front door of the DeLeon house, I could already see the rain. A hint of glitter across the glass. I felt smart for noticing - and then wondered if they’d “turned on” the rain this early just to give people something to feel smart for noticing. As it turned out, the rain was an almost constant element in Portland Center Stage’s production of The Whipping Man, a perfect constant, reminding me of the harshness of the world and the fragile safety of home but also helping create the intense crucible that this particular home was intended to be.read more
13 March 2013 & Posted by KatieO
How many interpreters does it take to interpret a show? Dot Hearn, Portland Center Stage’s ASL Coordinator and Sign Language Interpreter, sheds some light on a question that has no right answer.More
11 March 2013 & Posted by Kinsley Suer
Erinn McGrew has been the Charge Scenic Artist here at PCS for almost three seasons. Her most recent project? The set for our production of The Whipping Man. The play takes place at the end of the Civil War in the entryway of the DeLeon mansion in Richmond, Virginia. The home has been badly damaged by a recent fire and subsequent exposure to the elements. We recently asked Erinn a few questions about the process of painting the set and the challenges of creating the damage to the mansion itself.More
08 March 2013 & Posted by Kinsley Suer
Matthew Lopez is the playwright of The Whipping Man, which is currently one of the most popular plays in America; productions have been planned in more than 15 U.S. cities this season alone. But what’s truly remarkable is that The Whipping Man is the very first play that Matthew ever wrote. So what was it about this harrowing period in our country’s history that sparked Matthew’s creative juices? The man himself responds.More
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