Civil War-Set Whipping Man Extends Florida Run

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Due to audience demand following solid reviews, the Florida premiere run of The Whipping Man, a Civil War-set drama by Matthew Lopez, will get five additional performances Sept. 3-6 at The Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, FL.

Performances began Aug. 12. "Set against the backdrop of the last day of the Civil War, a badly wounded Jewish confederate soldier returns to his Richmond estate and begs his now freed slaves to nurse him," according to production notes. "In keeping with traditions of that time, the slaves are also Jewish, bringing into question conflicts of societal and religious acceptance. During the course of the play, secrets are revealed which will irrevocably alter all their lives. The final scene, set to the backdrop of the Passover Seder, will resonate with audiences long after the final bow."

The cast of The Whipping Man includes multiple Carbonell nominee John Archie, plus Brandon Morris and Nick Duckhart.

In addition to director Clive Cholerton, the creative team for The Whipping Man includes Tim Bennett (sets), Alberto Arroyo (costumes), Chris Hill (lighting) and Sean Lawson (sound).

The original closing date was to be Aug. 30.

"I wanted to challenge the tradition of producing lighter fare during the summer season," artistic director Cholerton stated. "The themes of The Whipping Man, which include personal choice, personal responsibility, and the essence of faith, are so universal, that I knew audiences would be drawn to it. To not produce the play would have seemed negligent on my part." For more information call (561) 241-7432 or visit

Nick Duckart, John Archie and Brandon Morris
Nick Duckart, John Archie and Brandon Morris Photo by Sean Lawson
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