As part our "Northlight Presents" series, we will explore Matthew Lopez&rsquo s play, The Whipping Man, which earned the John Gassner Playwriting Award from the Outer Critics Circle. The Whipping Man makes its Chicago premiere at Northlight Theatre this month. Members of the creative team will talk about the production and answer questions from the audience. Also, within this conversation, Galter Health Sciences Library Special Collections Librarian Ronald Sims shares equipment, memorabilia, and the history of medicine during the Civil War.
Here's a brief glimpse of the storyline: When Caleb, a wounded Confederate soldier returns to his family&rsquo s home at the end of the Civil War, he finds it in ruins and abandoned by all but two former slaves. United by their Jewish faith, the three men celebrate a Seder while wrestling with a shared past they can&rsquo t escape&mdash and secrets they can no longer hide.