Glymph, Robinson, Sullivan Are Trio of West Coast Whipping Man Premiere

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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, will feature Avery Glymph, Charlie Robinson and Mark J. Sullivan.

Giovanna Sardelli will direct the San Diego production at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. Performances play May 8–June 13. Opening night is May 13.

The small-cast play is becoming a popular title in regional theatres.

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, Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, FL, and will open at Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts in May.

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).

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