Doug Hughes to Direct NYC Bow of Whipping Man, Civil War Tale of Identity, Loyalty, Religion

News   Doug Hughes to Direct NYC Bow of Whipping Man, Civil War Tale of Identity, Loyalty, Religion
 
The Whipping Man, Matthew Lopez's drama about a Confederate Jewish solider and his Jewish former slaves, will get its New York City premiere under the direction of Doug Hughes at Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage I in 2011.
Doug Hughes
Doug Hughes

Already acclaimed for its life in regional theatres, the play will begin Off-Broadway performances Jan. 13, 2011, toward an opening of Feb. 1.

In the play, it's April 1865, and the American Civil War has ended. According to MTC, "Caleb DeLeon, a Jewish Confederate soldier, returns wounded from the battlefield to find his family home in ruins, abandoned by everyone except Simon and John — two former slaves, who were raised as Jews in the DeLeon home. As the three men reunite to celebrate Passover, and recall the exodus from Egypt in light of their own new liberties, they uncover a tangle of secrets… ties that bind them together and that, ultimately, might cost each man his freedom."

Casting and creative team will be announced.

Doug Hughes is the Tony Award winner who directed Doubt and The Royal Family.

Since its premiere at Luna Stage in Montclair, NJ, The Whipping Man has been produced at The Old Globe in San Diego, CA, and at Barrington Stage. His other plays include Tio Pepe (Summer Play Festival 2008), Reverberation and Zoey's Perfect Wedding.

For more information on MTC, visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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