Friends we had a great weekend and hope you did as well! A belle got some culture in as we saw Matthew Lopez‘s The Whipping Man at the Hertz Theatre. This venue is intimate, had opening seating, and was the perfect place for this story. This play was awesome and will leave you thinking about it as you head to your car. Tamika and I are still talking about the impact the play had on us, so you know it was AWESOME!
The Whipping Man is set in Richmond, Virginia in 1865. It centers around a Jewish Confederate soldier, Caleb DeLeon (played by Jeremy Aggers), who comes home to find out the life he no longer knew is there. Two of his families newly emancipated slaves, Simon (Keith Randolph Smith) and John (John Stewart) are with him. As the three men celebrate Passover, secrets are revealed, and all three of them find that their lives will no longer be the same.
The audience feels the impact President Lincoln’s assassination had on the characters, the brutality of slavery, and the strength of the human spirit. You will be moved as you are transported in time. The set looked like an old house that was once beautiful. The sound effects were great as it rained a lot in the play. The Whipping Man is funny, moving, and relevant. One clearly sees how culture, race and religion intersect. There are elements in the play where you feel the spirit of slaves and realize the emotional impact of slavery. One will learn about the notorious whipping man and be transported to a place where African-Americans were not recognized as humans.
Instead of heading to a movie or watching TV… go out and see this play–it will move and inspire you!
The Whipping Man shows until April 7th. You can buy tickets here.
Disclosure: We received tickets to see this play. As always… a belle’s opinion are her own!