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by Matthew Lopez
Directed by Benny Sato Ambush
Charles Mosesian Theater
JAN 25 - FEB 16/2014

As the Civil War ends, a Jewish Confederate soldier returns home to find that only his two former slaves, raised as Jews in his household, remain. As they cobble together a Passover Seder, they grapple with a changing social order, newfound freedom, and long-buried secrets that threaten them all. This story of self-definition, discrimination, and the pain of being an outsider forces all three men to ask what their futures hold in a new world of freedom. One of the most produced and popular plays of 2012, The Village Voice calls it “wonderfully satisfying.”

“Emotionally potent.”
– The New York Times


Running Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
Johnny Lee Davenport*


Johnny Lee Davenport*


JOHNNY LEE DAVENPORT* performed at New Repertory Theatre in Oleanna, Thurgood, The Whipping Man, and A House with No Walls. Other area credits include The Unbleached American (Stoneham Theatre); It’s A Wonderful Life, A Radio Play (Wheelock Family Theatre); Water by the Spoonful and Broke-ology/Elliot Norton Award, Best Actor (The Lyric Stage Company); Driving Miss Daisy and Master Harold…and the Boys (Gloucester Stage Company); and Invisible Man/Helen Hayes Award, Best Ensemble (Studio Theatre Washington, D.C. and The Huntington Theatre Company). Mr. Davenport has played more than 50 roles in 24 of Shakespeare’s plays including Richard III (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Pericles (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); and Richard II (Shakespeare & Company). Film credits include Ted, The Fugitive, U.S. Marshals, and Ascendants. He was named Best Actor in Boston Magazine (2011).

Our hearts are with one of New Rep’s most beloved and talented actors, Johnny Lee Davenport, and his family on the event of his death on February 2, 2020. A master of his craft, ardent advocate for theatre, and a truly fantastic person, he will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. Thank you to Johnny Lee Davenport for all that he dedicated to our organization.

Creative Team
Dewey Dellay, Sound Designer & Composer
Dewey Dellay

Sound Designer & Composer

DEWEY DELLAY  returns to New Repertory Theatre after composing and designing for Ideation, The Gift Horse, Thurgood, The Testament of Mary, The Whipping Man, Rancho Mirage, and Long Day’s Journey into Night.  Other credits include Duet (Greenwich Street Theatre, Off Broadway); and The Countess (Criterion, London’s West End). Other regional credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Lyric Stage Company); Photograph 51 (IRNE nomination Best Sound Design, Nora Theatre Company); and When January Feels Like Summer (Underground Railway Theater). He has received an Elliot Norton award for Outstanding Design and an IRNE for Best Sound Design. Television credits include original music for Emmy nominated National Geographic’s China’s Mystery Mummies, Discovery Channel’s Miami Jail, and five seasons of the show Our America with Lisa Ling for the OWN Channel. He presently is contributing music to This is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN.

*member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
**member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
***member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829


The Boston Globe on THE WHIPPING MAN

Joyce’s Choices on THE WHIPPING MAN

The Jewish Journal on THE WHIPPING MAN

MetroWest Daily News on THE WHIPPING MAN



First Rehearsal

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 11am
Attend first rehearsal to see where and how it all begins. Participate in a “Meet and Greet” with the cast, designers, crew, and New Rep staff, then stick around to hear a reading of the play.

Sneak Peek

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2pm
Attend part of a working rehearsal with the director and cast. Learn about rehearsal process at the mini-talkback.

Meet the Designers

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:30pm
Meet the director and scenic, costume, lighting, and sound designers. Learn about the design concepts and collaborative process.


An Unexpected Melting Pot: Legacies of Pain

Moderated by WGBH’s Callie Crossley

Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:45pm



Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:30pm