Archive: The Whipping Man

February 13 – March 8, 2015

Preview February 12

The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre
Marjorie Arenstein Stage
at Virginia Rep Center   New Free Parking

By Matthew Lopez
Directed by Debra Clinton
Part of the Acts of Faith Festival

"Engrossing, surprising...
Virginia Rep’s “The Whipping Man” is far more than just a compelling historical backdrop."

Style Weekly

"It’s not every day that masterful drama draws from events that once played out in your own backyard"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"...everyone in, from, or around Richmond must see this show."


"This absorbing drama is expressive and skillfully staged with three compelling performances."


"Well thought out and beautifully executed."

The 4th Wall

If inclement weather causes a cancellation, our box office will make every attempt to call patrons. You can also check our facebook page for updates, or call (804) 282-2620.

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Virginia Rep is proud to stage this compelling drama to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The Whipping Man is set in Richmond, Virginia, in the final days of the Civil War. A young rebel officer returns to his Jewish home, only to find it in ruins and occupied by two suddenly freed household slaves who have nowhere else to go. Untended wounds threaten their calm as they struggle to find common ground amidst the ashes of a fallen city.

Suggested for ages 14 and up.

Student Matinees and Study Guide

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Meet the Cast

Acts of Faith

On Sunday, February 22, Virginia Rep will host a panel discussion following the 2:00 p.m. performance. The panel will include representatives from the American Civil War Museum and the Jewish Community.