The Whipping Man Begins May 8; Lopez Named Old Globe Playwright-in-Residence

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08 May 2010

Charlie Robinson, Avery Glymph and Mark J. Sullivan
Charlie Robinson, Avery Glymph and Mark J. Sullivan
courtesy of The Old Globe
The Old Globe Theatre's West Coast premiere of Matthew Lopez's The Whipping Man, the post-Civil War-set play about a Jewish Confederate soldier and his former slaves — who share his faith — begins May 8, two days after Lopez was named Old Globe's playwright-in-residence.

The production features Avery Glymph, Charlie Robinson and Mark J. Sullivan. Giovanna Sardelli directs the San Diego production at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. Performances play to June 13. Opening night is May 13.

The small-cast play is becoming a popular title in regional theatres. A separate staging will play Barrington Stage in Massachusetts starting May 26. That will be the New England premiere.

According to Old Globe notes, "Set in Virginia following the final days of the Civil War, a Jewish Confederate soldier (Sullivan) returns to his childhood home, only to find it in ruins and occupied by his former slaves (Glymph and Robinson) who are preparing for a Passover Seder. Though a new chapter of history is unfolding, dangerous secrets of the past threaten to destroy their family, their connected history and their shared faith."

Lopez's play Tio Pepe was presented at The Public Theater as part of Summer Play Festival 2008. His other plays include Zoey's Perfect Wedding and Reverberation. The Whipping Man premiered at Luna Stage in Montclair, NJ, and has received productions at Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul and Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, FL.



Glymph most recently appeared in Overwhelming and Stick Fly at the Contemporary American Theater Festival. His New York credits include Broadway's The Tempest and Off-Broadway's McReele, Antony and Cleopatra, Troilus and Cressida, Maid and Hope Is the Thing With Feathers.

Robinson recently appeared as Troy in South Coast Repertory’s production of August Wilson's Fences, a role for which he previously won the 2006 Ovation Award for Best Actor in a Play, and portrayed for six months at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Sullivan was last seen at The Old Globe in The Sisters Rosensweig. His New York credits include Broadway's To Be or Not to Be and Off-Broadway's The Dining Room.

The creative team includes Robert Mark Morgan (scenic design), Denitsa D. Bliznakova (costume design), Lap Chi Chu (lighting design), Jill BC DuBoff (sound design) and Diana Moser (stage manager).

For tickets and information, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.