Whipping, or The Football Hamlet

Members of the cast of the video portion of Whipping. Kathleen Akerley
Performance Dates

A young black professional quarterback gets his start in a high-stakes playoff game and discovers the system is rigged against him:  the referee makes biased calls, the commentators whitewash his efforts to make unconventional plays, and his teammates keep disappearing.  Are a white female sideline reporter, a blue collar beer man, and a temporally displaced Union soldier the allies he needs to make the game fair?  WHIPPING uses an absurdist mash-up of HAMLET and the NFL to create a bleakly comic commentary on race, class, and gender in modern America.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
120 minutes

Creative Team

Costume Designer
Choreographer for plays
Musical Director
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Projections/Media Designer
Assistant Director