Manhattan Theatre Club says Braugher will play one of two newly freed former slaves who welcome home a severely wounded Jewish Confederate officer in Virginia. The casting for the other parts will be announced later.
Braugher is known for his work on "Homicide: Life on the Streets" and his starring role in the miniseries "Thief." He is currently in the TNT series "Men of a Certain Age."
His other New York stage credits include "Hamlet," "The Tragedy of Richard II," "Measure for Measure" and "Twelfth Night."
"The Whipping Man" will begin performances Jan. 13 at New York City Center and will be directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes.