Doug Hughes (Doubt) directs the Manhattan Theatre Club's Off-Broadway production at New York City Center Stage I. Opening night is Feb. 1. A one-week extension of the run (to March 20) was announced on the morning of the first preview.
Jay Wilkison (of the film "Rabbit Hole") plays the soldier, and Andre Holland (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Brother/Sister Plays) and Emmy Award winner Andre Braugher (TV's "Homicide" and "Men of a Certain Age") are the freed slaves.
Here is a look at the production: :
Whipping Man, With Braugher, Holland and Wilkison, at Manhattan Theatre Club
Here's how the play (which has been seen in regional theatres around the country) is described by MTC: "April, 1865: the Civil War has ended. Caleb DeLeon, a Jewish Confederate soldier, returns wounded from the battlefield to find his family home in ruins, abandoned by everyone except Simon (Braugher) 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."
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