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Press Release

 

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF MATTHEW LOPEZ’S THE WHIPPING MAN


SAN DIEGO (April 16, 2010)—Old Globe Executive Producer Lou Spisto today announced the cast and creative team for the West Coast Premiere of Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man.  The Civil War drama is directed by Giovanna Sardelli and will run in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre May 8 – June 13.  Previews run from May 8 – May 12.  Opening night is May 13 at 8:00 p.m.  Single tickets are currently on sale andcan be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

Set in Virginia following the final days of the Civil War, a Jewish Confederate soldier returns to his childhood home, only to find it in ruins and occupied by his former slaves 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.  The Whipping Man is a moving and provocative look at a pivotal time in American history.

The cast features Avery Glymph (John), Charlie Robinson (Simon) and Mark J. Sullivan (Caleb).

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).

Matthew Lopez’s work has been seen and developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, The New Group, McCarter Center, Ars Nova and the Lark Play Development Center.  His play Tio Pepe was presented at The Public Theater as part of Summer Play Festival 2008.   Lopez's other plays include Zoey's Perfect Wedding and Reverberation.  The Whipping Man premiered at Luna Stage in Montclair, N.J. and has received productions at Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul, Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton and will open at Barrington Stage Company in May.

Giovanna Sardelli has many directing credits including world premieres of Lila Rose Kaplan’s Wildflower, Rajiv Joseph’s plays Animals Out of Paper (Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Director, Lucille Lortel Nomination Outstanding Play), All This Intimacy (Second Stage Theatre), The Leopard and The Fox (Alter Ego Productions) and Huck & Holden (Cherry Lane Theatre), Absalom by Zoe Kazan (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival) and Adriana Sevan’s Taking Flight (Goodman Theatre, Center Theater Group, San Diego Repertory Theatre and Sundance Institute Theatre Lab).  She spent two seasons as Director of the Shakespeare Sedona Institute and two seasons as the Artistic Director of Studio Tisch.  Sardelli is on the faculty of the Graduate Acting Program and the Department of Dance at New York University.  Her upcoming projects include Dreams of the Washer King (Playwright’s Realm), The Pavilion and Murder on the Nile (Dorset Theatre Festival) and Apple Cove by Lynn Rosen (Women’s Project).

Avery Glymph most recently appeared in Overwhelming and Stick Fly at the Contemporary American Theater Festival.  Glymph’s Broadway credits include The Tempest and his Off Broadway credits include McReele (Roundabout Theatre Company), Antony and Cleopatra and Troilus and Cressida (NY Shakespeare Festival), Maid (Lincoln Center Theater) and ‘Hope’ Is the Thing With Feathers (Drama Department).  His regional appearances include Angels in America (Studio Arena and Syracuse Stage), Spunk and The Tempest (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Lost Creek Township (Crossroads Theatre, Regional Tony Award Season) and Fences (Cape Fear Regional Theatre).  His film and television credits include “Ugly Betty,” “Oz,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “One Life to Live,” “The Electric Company,” “X-Files,” “Becker,” “Cosby,” “Spin City,” “Titus,” The Beat,” Last Ball, He Got Game, 13 Conversations About One Thing, Shift and I'm with Lucy.

Charlie 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.  He was also seen at South Coast Repertory in The Piano Lesson and the world premiere of My Wandering Boy.   He is best known for his television credits, especially as Mac in “Night Court,” as well as regulars in “Buffalo Bill,” “Love & War,” “Ink,” and “Buddy Faro,” recurring roles in “Home Improvement” and now to recur in “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”  Robinson has performed countless guest roles in shows such as “House,” “Big Love” and “Cold Case.”  He also is a Cammie Award Winner for the made-for-television movies Miss Lettie and Me and Secret Santa.  His television credits also include Roots: The Next Generation, “King” and “Buffalo Soldiers.”  His film credits include Apocalypse Now, The River, Gray Lady Down, Beowulf, Set It off, Antwone Fisher, Even Money, Jackson, Steam, Natural Disasters, Sweet Kandy and House Bunny.

Mark J. Sullivan was last seen at The Old Globe in The Sisters Rosensweig.  His Broadway credits include To Be or Not to Be (Manhattan Theatre Club).  Sullivan’s Off Broadway credits include The Dining Room (Keen Company, Drama Desk Award) and Surface to Air (Symphony Space).  Sullivan’s regional credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Dining Room (The Dorset Theatre Festival), After Ashley (Helen Hayes Award nomination) and Big Death, Little Death (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), Measure for Measure  (Helen Hayes Award) and Melissa Arctic (Folger Shakespeare Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Shear Madness  (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts) and The Cripple of Inishmaan (The Studio Theatre).  His television credits include “Kings,” “As the World Turns” and “One Life to Live.”

TICKETS to The Whipping Man are currently on sale andcan be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.  Performances begin on May 8 and continue through June 13.  Ticket prices range from $29-$62.  Performance times:  Previews:  Saturday, May 8 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday May 9 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. Regular Performances:  Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

The Globe’s year-long 75th Anniversary celebration begins with the 2010 Summer Season.  Acclaimed director Adrian Noble is the Artistic Director of the 2010 Shakespeare Festival and will direct Shakespeare’s King Lear (June 12 – Sept. 23) and Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III (June 19 – Sept. 24).  Presented in repertory, the Shakespeare Festival will also include The Taming of the Shrew (June 16 – Sept. 26).  The season also features the World Premiere of the Broadway-bound musical, Robin and the 7 Hoods (July 14 – Aug. 22) directed by Casey Nicholaw with lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Jimmy Van Heusen, and the West Coast Premiere of The Last Romance directed by Rick Seer (July 30 – Sept. 5), a romantic comedy by Joe DiPietrostarring television icon,Marion Ross.  Tickets to the Globe’s 2010 Summer Season are currently available by subscription only.

SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS offer substantial savings with special subscriber benefits.  Subscriptions can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623] or by visiting the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.  Subscriptions to the Globe’s Summer Season range from $75 to $365.  Five-play packages range from $146 to $372.  Four-play packages (Festival plus musical) range from $117 to $316.  Shakespeare Festival packages (3 plays) range from $75 to $228.  Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and younger, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

CALENDARBoeing-Boeing (now-4/18), Alive and Well (now-4/25), Golda’s Balcony (4/28-5/30) The Whipping Man (5/8-6/13), King Lear (6/12-9/23), The Madness of George III (6/19-9/24), The Taming of the Shrew (6/16- 9/26), Robin and the 7 Hoods (7/14-8/22), Last Romance (7/30-9/5).

PHOTO EDITORS:  Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 74 years.  Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the 580-seat Old Globe Theatre, the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre and the 612-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 300,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs.  Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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FACT SHEET

THE WHIPPING MAN
By Matthew Lopez
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

RUNS:  May 8 – June 13, 2010, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

TICKETS:  $29-$62

SYNOPSIS:  A Jewish Confederate soldier returns to his childhood home, only to find it in ruins and occupied by his former slaves preparing for a Passover Seder.  West Coast Premiere.

CREATIVE TEAM: Robert Mark Morgan (Scenic Design), Denitsa D. Bliznakova (Costume Design), Lap Chi Chu (Lighting Design), Jill BC Du Boff (Sound Design) and Diana Moser (Stage Manager).

CAST: Avery Glymph (John), Charlie Robinson (Simon) and Mark J. Sullivan (Caleb).

PREVIEWS:
May 8 SAT at 8:00pm
May 9 SUN at 7:00pm
May 11 TUES at 7:00pm
May 12 WED at 7:00pm
OPENING NIGHT:   May 13 THU 8:00pm (OUT at
the Globe)
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
May 14 FRI at 8:00pm (Thank GLOBE It’s Friday)
May 15 SAT at 2:00pm
May 15 SAT at 8:00pm
May 16 SUN at 2:00pm
May 16 SUN at 7:00pm
May 18 TUE at 7:00pm
May 19 WED at 7:00pm
May 20 THU at 8:00pm
May 21 FRI at 8:00pm
May 22 SAT at 2:00pm
May 22 SAT at 8:00pm
May 23 SUN at 2:00pm
May 23 SUN at 7:00pm
May 25 TUE at 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
May 26 WED at 7:00pm
May 27 THU at 8:00pm
May 28 FRI at 8:00pm
May 29 SAT at 2:00pm
May 29 SAT at 8:00pm
May 30 SUN at 2:00pm
May 30 SUN at 7:00pm
June 1 TUE at 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
June 2 WED at 7:00pm
June 3 THU at 8:00pm
June 4 FRI at 8:00pm
June 5 SAT at 2:00pm
June 5 SAT at 8:00pm
June 6 SUN at 2:00pm
June 6 SUN at 7:00pm
June 8 TUE at 7:00pm
June 9 WED at 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
June 10 THU at 8:00pm
June 11 FRI at 8:00pm
June 12 SAT at 2:00pm
June 12 SAT at 8:00pm
June 13 SUN at 3:00pm
June 13 SUN at 7:00pm

INSIGHT SEMINAR
Monday, May 10 at 6:00pm
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show.  FREE

OUT AT THE GLOBE
Thursday, May 13, 6:30pm–8:00pm  $21
An evening for GLBT theater lovers with a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes. 
(Show sold separately.)

THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY
Friday, May 14, 6:30pm–8:00pm  $21
Friday pre-show bash includes wine, martinis, appetizers, dessert and live music.  (Show sold separately.)

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Tuesday, May 25 & June 1 and Wednesday, June 9
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance.  FREE

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  Free parking is available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

PHOTOS:  Digital images of The Old Globe productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Carolyn Stephens (619) 238-0043 x2355 cstephens@TheOldGlobe.org