Go to Ensemble Theatre’s new play and you’ll be transported back to the spring of 1865.
soldier whose family was Jewish returns home to Richmond, Va. He’s badly
wounded, his family is gone and grand house they lived in is in ruins,
inhabited only by two former slaves, Simon, who raised Caleb, and John, who
grew up alongside him. The slaves were raised in the family’s Jewish faith, and
it’s time to observe Passover — a celebration of freedom from enslavement. In
the heart of the fallen South, the three men come together as free men for the
first time and must begin to learn new ways to behave. ETC is giving Matthew
Lopez’s The Whipping Man its Midwestern premiere. ETC’s Lynn Meyers is
directing, and she points out that “even though the Civil War ended, the story
of American slavery and the struggle for equality absolutely did not. Lopez
sheds fresh new light on an important and defining era in American history.
This play reminds us that the struggle for human equality is universal and
never obsolete.” $36-$42.