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Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Whipping Man opened at George Street Playhouse


L-R: Luke Forbes, Ron Canada, Adam Gerber (GSP/Kelley)

The third production of the New Brunswick theatre’s season, Matthew Lopez’s drama The Whipping Man opens tonight.  Veteran of the stage as well as the large and small screens, RON CANADA is joined by stage actors LUKE FORBES and ADAM GERBER in the drama set in the aftermath of America’s Civil War.  Drama Desk Award-winning actor and director SERET SCOTT helms the production, which began performances on the New Brunswick stage  January 20, with performances continuing through February 15, 2015.  

“I chose this play to be a part of our season because it is a beautifully- written, searing examination of freedom, family and faith,” said Mr. Saint.  “I am so pleased to welcome this extraordinarily talented company of actors to our stage to bring this important play to life.

Individual tickets, beginning at $25, as well as subscription and flexible admission packages, are currently available through the George Street Playhouse Box Office, 732-246-7717.  Further information and tickets may also be found on the Playhouse website, www.GSPonline.org, as well as parking tips and dining suggestions.  George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick’s vibrant downtown dining and entertainment district.
Creating the world of the play will be scenic designer Jason Simms (Outside Mullingar, Philadelphia Theatre Company);  costume designer Helen Huang (The Real Thing, The Guthrie);  lighting designer Burke Brown (The Public Theatre, Joe’s Pub); and sound designer Ted Crimy (GSP’s Our Town).  Casting is by McCorkle Casting, Ltd.  (Pat McCorkle, Casting Director; Katja Zarolinski, Associate).

The Whipping Man is set in Richmond, Virginia, in April 1865. A wounded Jewish confederate soldier returns to his family home that now stands ruined and abandoned – except for two former slaves also raised in the Jewish faith. As the three men share an improvised Seder to mark Passover, they discover that, though they are no longer tied by ownership, they remain bound by faith, history and long-buried secrets. Hailed by The New York Times as “emotionally potent,” the play won the Drama Desk Award for Best New Play.


Ron Canada is known to fans of The West Wing as Undersecretary of State Ted Barlow, and has also appeared in the motion pictures Cinderella Man and Wedding Crashers among many others.  He has been seen on stage opposite Patrick Stewart in Othello as well as with New York’s Signature Theatre and Ensemble Studio Theatre.  Luke Forbes performed in the New York premiere of Chiori Miyagawa's This Lingering Life at HERE Arts Center and has wrapped shooting episodes of ABC's Forever and FOX's Gotham.  Adam Gerber, an actor, director and teacher, has appeared on stage as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Al in The Boom Boom Room and as Mendel the Chassid in Sex and the Holyland,part of the NY Fringe Festival.

Matthew Lopez is the author of The Whipping Man, one of the most widely produced new American plays of the last several years. The play premiered at Luna Stage in Montclair, NJ and debuted in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club and garnered Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards.Matthew was awarded the John Gassner New Play Award from the New York Outer Critics Circle for the play. 

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