The Whipping Man

By Matthew Lopez
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah

Apr 4-May 13, 2012

Why is this night different from all other nights? For three Richmond Jews—one a former Confederate soldier, two his former slaves—gathered around a makeshift Seder table at the close of the Civil War, age-old questions of justice and freedom find new and surprising answers.

The show runs 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission


Supported by

Kramon & Graham, PS

The William L. and Victorine Q. Adams Foundation & The Rodgers Family Fund

Maryland Humanities Council

Media Partner

Maryland Historical Society

About the Director

Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, an award-winning British playwright, director, actor, and broadcaster, is well-known to Baltimore audiences through his plays Elmina’s Kitchen and Let There Be Love—which had their American debuts at CENTERSTAGE—as well as his work as director of Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours. He has served on the boards of The National Theatre and The Tricycle Theatre, both in London. He most recently served as Artistic Director for the World Arts Festival in Senegal, a month-long World Festival of Black Arts and Culture, which featured more than two thousand artists from 52 countries participating in 16 different arts disciplines. He was recently named the Chancellor of the University of the Arts London.

For more information on Kwame, click here

The Cast
in alphabetical order




The Artistic Team


Michael Micalizzi*

Laura Smith*
Stage Manager



Kwame Kwei-Armah

Neil Patel
Scenic Designer

Kevyn Morrow*

Katie Ambrose*
Assistant Stage Manager



David Burdick
Costume Designer

Michelle Habeck
Lighting Designer

Johnny Ramey*

Matthew Melchiorre*
Assistant Stage Manager



Sean Rettig
Sound Designer

Faedra Chatard Carpenter
Production Dramaturg





J. Allen Suddeth
Fight Director

Gillian Lane-Plescia
Dialect Consultant

*Member of Actors' Equity Association




Stephanie Klapper
Casting Director