Andre Braugher Will Star in NYC Premiere of Whipping Man, a Civil War Drama With a Twist

News   Andre Braugher Will Star in NYC Premiere of Whipping Man, a Civil War Drama With a Twist
Emmy Award winner Andre Braugher will star in Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York City premiere of the critically acclaimed historical drama The Whipping Man, about a Jewish Confederate soldier who returns to his home — and to his freed black Jewish slaves.

Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher

Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt) will direct the small-cast play by Matthew Lopez, to begin performances Jan. 13, 2011, toward a Feb. 1 opening at MTC's Off-Broadway home at New York City Center – Stage I.

Braugher has earned two Emmy Awards: in 1998 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for work on "Homicide: Life on the Streets" and in 2006 for his starring role in the miniseries "Thief." In 2010, he received his sixth Emmy nomination for the series "Men of a Certain Age," which will return for its second season Dec. 6 on TNT. On stage, Braugher received an Obie Award for his performance in the 1996 Shakespeare in the Park production of Henry V. Other New York stage credits include Hamlet, The Tragedy of Richard II, Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night.

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."

Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks.

The creative team features John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Jill BC DuBoff (sound design), and J. David Brimmer (fight direction).

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