It is April, 1865. The Civil War is over and
throughout the south, slaves are being freed, soldiers are returning home,
and in Jewish homes, the annual celebration of Passover is happening. Into
the chaos of war-torn Richmond comes Caleb, a young Confederate officer who
is severely wounded. He finds his family’s home in ruins and abandoned, save
for two former slaves, Simon and John, who wait in the empty house for the
family’s return. As the three men wait for their city to come back to life,
they wrestle with their shared past, the bitter irony of Jewish
slave-owning, and the reality of their new world.
The sun sets on the last night of Passover, and Simon – having adopted the
religion of his masters – prepares a humble Seder to celebrate the freeing
of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt, noting with particular satisfaction the
parallels to their current situation. But the pain of their enslavement will
not be soothed by this tradition, and deep-buried secrets from the past
emerge as the play comes to its shocking climax.
“A mesmerizing drama” – Peter Filichia, Newark Star-Ledger.
“Haunting, striking, and powerful” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times.
“...[August] Wilson-like with epic American issues of race, religion, and
responsibility. Someone must succeed Wilson; it might as well be Lopez.” –
Tim Gihring, Minnesota Monthly.