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New Players Theater and Gallery Players present THE WHIPPING MAN

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    by Matthew Lopez

    directed by Tim Browning

    a co-Production by New Players Theater and Gallery Players

    Passover. April, 1865. The Civil War is over and throughout the south, slaves are being freed and soldiers are returning home. Into the ruins of war-ravaged Richmond comes Caleb DeLeon, a young Confederate officer who has been severely wounded. He finds his family’s home abandoned, save for two former slaves, Simon and John. As the three men wait for signs of life to return to the city, they wrestle with their shared past, the bitter irony of Jewish slave-owning and the reality of the new world in which they find themselves. Buried secrets from the past refuse to be hidden as the play comes to its shocking climax.

    New Players Theater and Gallery Players will present the Columbus premiere of Matthew Lopez’ THE WHIPPING MAN at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus’ Roth-Resler Theatre May 4-12, 2013.

    Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for JCC members, $13 for seniors, $10 for students, and $10 per ticket for groups of 10 or more. A free conversation about the play between members of the company and the audience will be held immediately after the Sunday, May 5 matinee.

    Purchase tickets here.


    Saturday, May 4th @ 8:00pm

    Sunday, May 5th @ 2:30pm + talkback

    Thursday, May 9th @ 7:30pm

    Saturday, May 11th @ 8:00pm

    Sunday, May 12th @ 2:30pm

    More info here.



    This is one of the most popular plays in professional regional theater right now, and I couldn’t be happier with this production! It’s beautiful in every way, and I’m honored to be presenting this to Columbus audiences for the first time!! Here’s a little trailer – see you there!

    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans

    via press release:
    Rave Response to The Whipping Man Gives Audiences More Chances to See Play on May 18 and 19

    Due to very positive crowd reactions and critical response to the first two performances of The Whipping Man, Gallery Players and New Players Theater are pleased to announce that they are extending the show with two additional performances. Audiences will have two more opportunities to enjoy this critically-acclaimed production hailed by Columbus Underground as “one of the best shows I have seen all year.”

    Click, call, or come to the JCC to purchase tickets to one of these two new show dates: Saturday May 18, at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday May 19, at 2:30 p.m.

    Following the 2:30 p.m. show on Sunday, May 12, audiences are invited to join the entire cast and crew of The Whipping Man for a FREE conversation featuring the insights of Robin Judd, Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University.

    Tickets may be purchased on the Gallery Players’ website, http://www.jccgalleryplayers.org or by calling (614) 231-2731.


    What Critics Are Saying:

    “The Whipping Man has only a three-member cast, but the script and the performances of the three actors make the show seem much bigger and much richer than that number.” –Broadway World

    “[Director Tim Browning’s] attention to the emotional needs of these characters creates a simple, yet powerful performance. …The Whipping Man presents a powerful story with a provocative premise that temporarily renders the audience speechless upon its conclusion.” –Columbus Underground


    The Whipping Man takes audiences back to the time of Passover, 1865. The Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the country. One of these homes, belonging to the DeLeons of Virginia, sits in ruins. Confederate Officer Caleb DeLeon has returned from the war to find his family missing and only two former slaves remaining. As the three men wait for the family’s return, they wrestle with their shared past as master and slave, digging up long-buried family secrets along the way.

    The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez. Performances at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9; 8 p.m., Saturday, May 11; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12; with extended dates at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 18, and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 19.

    Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for JCC members, $18 for non-member seniors, $13 for JCC member seniors, $10 for students, and $10 per ticket for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.jccgalleryplayers.org or by calling (614) 231-2731.

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