Produced in association with:
Obsidian Theatre Company
Sterling Jarvis, Brett Donahue and Thomas Olajide
Dates: March 16 - April 14, 2013
Theatre: Studio Theatre
Toronto Centre of the Arts
Runtime: Approximately 2 Hours
Recommended for ages 12 and up. Contains strong language and one scene of explicit physical trauma.
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It is Passover, 1865. The Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the country. One of these homes, belonging to the DeLeons of Virginia, sits in ruins. Confederate officer Caleb DeLeon has returned from the war to find his family missing and only two former slaves, who were also raised Jewish, remaining. Caleb is badly wounded and the two men, Simon and John, are forced to care for him.
As the three men wait for the family's return, they wrestle with their shared past as master and slave, digging up long-buried family secrets along the way as well as new ones. Slavery and war, they discover, warp even good men's souls
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Saturday March 16th – Jews, Slavery, and the Civil War – a Paradox.
Marilyn Herbert (director of Bookclub-in-a-Box) and Rona Arato (author of Working for Freedom, the Story of Josiah Henson). Interactive discussion with the audience
Thursday March 28th - "Jewish Masters and their Slaves in Suriname."
Natalie Zemon Davis- World renowned professor of the University of Toronto
Thursday April 4th – Jews, Slavery, and the Civil War – a Paradox.
Marilyn Herbert (director of Bookclub-in-a-Box) will speak with one or two cast members about how drama and fiction allow a broader overview with which to gauge historical perspective. Interactive discussion with the audience
Saturday April 6th – An African Canadian Scholars thoughts and perspective on The Whipping Man- George Elliott Clarke- E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature and Toronto's Poet Laureate