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Three Men Confront Justice, Slavery, and the Responsibility of Freedom:City Theatre Presents Matthew Lopez’s Hit Stage DramaTHE WHIPPING MANThe critically acclaimed play in its Austin premiere February 7 – March 2Tied by faith. Bound by secrets. The City Theatre is gearing up for the start of the 2014 Season next monthwith The Whipping Man, Matthew Lopez’s award-winning drama that has been recognized from coast tocoast. Under the direction of guest director Stacey Glazer and starring three veterans of the CTC stage, TheWhipping Man runs February 7 – March 2.“evocative, poignant and remarkably powerful – an undeniably touching experience” – AltDaily“Suspenseful, searing… The Whipping Man is hard to shake from one’s mind” – The Jewish Week”Haunting, striking, and powerful” – The New York TimesRichmond, April 1865. The Civil War has ended, and a badly wounded Confederate soldier stumbles intothe ruin of what was once his home. His family has fled the city’s destruction, leaving two former slaves towait and watch. Together they care for the wounded man, and, having adopted the religion of their formerowners, celebrate Passover. They soon discover that, though they are no longer tied by ownership, theyremain tied by faith and history. Deep-buried secrets from the past refuse to be suppressed as the play comesto its shocking climax. It is a story about redemption and forgiveness; about the lasting scars of slavery; andthe responsibility that comes with freedom.Since opening off-Broadway to critical acclaim and winning the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Off-
Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play, The Whipping Man has become one of the most produced playsin the country. It premiered at Luna Stage Theatre Company in New Jersey in 2006 and has been producedin theatres across the nation, most famously off-Broadway by the Manhattan Theater Club at City Center’sStage, with Emmy Award-winning actor Andre Braugher and Tony Award-winning director Doug Hughes.According to Theatre Communications Group, The Whipping Man was the third most produced play ofthe 2012-13 Season in the US, behind Bruce Norris’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park and DavidLindsay-Abaire’s Good People. Lopez’s work was last seen in Denver, St. Louis, Syracuse, Portland,Milwaukee, and now in Austin. Read more on Matthew Lopez.“This play takes a look at the most significant part of American history,” mentions Artistic Director AndyBerkovsky. With recent films like “Lincoln” and “12 Years a Slave,” we see how issues in our culture -race and identity, faith and freedom – come from very deep roots and are still important in the nationaldialogue. The play is superbly written, with such power and insight that, I believe, Austin audiences willwant to experience it.” Stacey Glazer directs the premiere production for City Theatre where she last directedHow the Other Half Loves, The Crucible and the critically honored Rabbit Hole. The production featuresthe return of three CTC actors. Andrew Bosworth (Othello) plays Caleb, the injured Confederate soldierreturning home, only to be confronted with devastation and loss. In the role of Simon, the former slavewho clings to an inherited faith and the hope that his family will be reunited, is Robert Pellette (Fences,The Meeting). Completing the trio is Richard R. Romeo (Fences, Topdog/Underdog) as John, also a formerslave, now torn between the opportunities and responsibilities of his new-found freedom. Rounding out the production team is Andy Berkovsky (Production Design), Bert Flanagan (Costumes) with original music written and played by composer/musician Omar Lopez. Throughout the run, CTC will be providing numerous opportunities for audiences to engage in discussions inspired by the themes of the show. CTC is collaborating with Jewish and African-American organizations to present talks about the play following the Sunday performances.The City Theatre Company is an Austin-based, not-for-profit arts organization and is sponsored in part by the Austin Creative Alliance and the Austin Cultural Arts Division. Founded in 2006, the company has been recognized by the Austin Critics Table Awards, the B. Iden Payne Awards and has twice been voted “Best Theatre Company” by Austin-American Statesman’s Austin 360. CTC is dedicated in providing quality theatrical experiences and entertainment for Austin artists and its community.
SHOW INFORMATION AT A GLANCETHE WHIPPING MAN
February 7 – March 2. Thursday – Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:30 p.m.Talk backs following the Sunday performances.
The City Theatre. 3823 Airport Blvd. 78722 – east corner of Airport Blvd. and 38 ½ Street.
General Seating $15. Guaranteed Front/2nd Row Reserved $25.Students $12. Thursday all seats $10.
Group discounts are available.
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The City Theatre Company is an Austin-based, not-for-profit arts organization and is sponsored in part by the Austin Creative Alliance and the Austin Cultural Arts Division. Founded in 2006, the company has been recognized by the Austin Critics Table Awards, the B. Iden Payne Awards and has twice been voted “Best Theatre Company” by Austin-American Statesman’s Austin 360. CTC is dedicated in providing quality theatrical experiences and entertainment for Austin artists and its community. The City Theatre 3823 Airport Blvd. Austin, Texas 78722 firstname.lastname@example.org www.citytheatreaustin.org