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.”
– The New York Times
JOHNNY LEE DAVENPORT* (Simon) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in A House with No Walls. Other area credits include 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, working most recently in Richard III (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Pericles (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); and Richard II (Shakespeare & Company). Film credits include Ted, The Fugitive, U.S. Marshals, and the upcoming film Ascendants. He was named Best Actor in Boston Magazine (2011). After The Whipping Man, Mr. Davenport will perform in The Unbleached American (Stoneham Theatre).
JESSE HINSON* (Caleb) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Holiday Memories. Other credits include Pericles, Twelfth Night, and Antony and Cleopatra (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Seminar and Miracle on 34th Street (Stoneham Theatre); The Puppetmaster of Lodz, Moonchildren, Macbeth, The Einstein Project, and A Christmas Carol (Berkshire Theatre Group); Three Sisters, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Game of Love and Chance, Hecuba, Siddhartha, Funnyhouse of a Negro, and Little Monsters (Brandeis Theatre Company); and Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Coriolanus, and Cymbeline (Georgia Shakespeare). Mr. Hinson earned his MFA in acting at Brandeis University and his BA in theatre at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA. He teaches the Suzuki method of actor training at Brandeis University and is also a fight choreographer. He resides in Cambridge. After The Whipping Man, he will perform in As You Like It (Actors’ Shakespeare Project).
KEITH MASCOLL* (John) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Macbeth (New Rep On Tour). Other area credits include Intimate Apparel (Boston University); The Roots of Freedom (Central Square Theatre); The Colored Museum (Providence Black Rep); Hamartia Blues (Theater Offensive); Grimm (Company One); and Love Jones (New African Company). In Boston, his work has earned two IRNE Award nominations. In New York, he earned the Samuel French Festival Critics Choice Award for The Test and the Best Actor Award for the Strawberry One Act Play Festival in Los Angeles for Love Jones. Film and television credits include Freestyle (HGTV); Knock Around Kids (Adekoje-Filmwerks); The Test (Paula Caplan Productions); and a commercial for the Massachusetts State Lottery. Mr. Mascoll earned his BA in Theatre at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, resides in Cambridge, and will appear in the web series DeCo this spring.
BENNY SATO AMBUSH** (Director) serves as Distinguished Producing Director-In-Residence at Emerson Stage, the producing wing of the Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College. A professional SDC stage director, producer, former LORT Artistic Director, educator, consultant, NEA panelist and site evaluator, and published commentator, his prior artistic leadership experience includes Ensemble Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Rites and Reason Theatre Company, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Florida Stage, and Theatre Virginia. He directed at all these theaters. He was Associate Artistic Director of Anna Deavere Smith’s Institute on the Arts & Civic Dialogue at Harvard University. He has also directed for dozens of professional regional theatres, festivals, and universities. He has narrated the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, and has toured the former Soviet Union and Kenya via the United States Information Agency. He was Director of the Institute for Teledramatic Arts and Technology at California State University. He has taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts, American Theater Conservatory, California State University, Colorado College, Kenyatta University, Kenya, Contra Costa College, Brown University, University of California, University of North Carolina, and Florida Atlantic University. He has served on numerous regional and national boards, including Theatre Communications Group and is an active advocate of cultural equity, non-traditional casting, and pluralism in the American theater. His work has earned many awards throughout the country. Mr. Ambush earned his MFA in Directing from University of California, San Diego and his BA from Brown University.
JANIE E. HOWLAND*** (Scenic Designer) returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing Race, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Boston Marriage, Hot Mikado and others. Other area credits include Romeo and Juliet and Henry VIII (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); The Other Place (Central Square Theatre); Mikado and Time Stands Still (The Lyric Stage Company); The Velveteen Rabbit, Miss Saigon and Legally Blonde (Boston Children’s Theatre); Ragtime (Fiddlehead Theatre and ACLU); Dear Miss Garland (Stoneham Theatre); and Hairspray and The Miracle Worker (Wheelock Family Theatre). Other credits include Elixir of Love (Opera on the James in West Virginia). She teaches at both Wellesley and Emerson Colleges. Ms. Howland earned her BA at University of Pennsylvania and her MFA at Brandeis University. Originally from Newton, she resides in Natick and is a member of USA Local. After The Whipping Man, she will design Death of a Salesman (The Lyric Stage Company). [janiehowland.com]
Costume & Makeup Designer
MOLLY TRAINER*** (Costume & Makeup Designer) returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing costumes for The Elephant Man; Holiday Memories; Three Viewings; Indulgences; The Santaland Diaries; Mister Roberts; A House With No Walls; Orson’s Shadow; The Ice Breaker; Ragtime; True West; and No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs. Other selected area credits include Master Harold…and the Boys, Trying, and An Ideal Husband (Gloucester Stage Company); Deported, A Dream Play (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Pericles, Twelfth Night (Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Elliot Norton Award); The Golden Age (Emerson Stage); and The Real Inspector Hound and Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Publick Theatre). Ms. Trainer earned her BS at Northeastern University, studied photography at the University of the South and studied design at both The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and The School of Fashion Design in Boston. A Massachusetts native, she resides in Malden.
SCOTT PINKNEY*** (Lighting Designer) returns to New Repertory Theatre, after designing lighting for Race, Opus and The Last Five Years. Mr. Pinkney’s design was represented on Broadway by Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award winning Torch Song Trilogy. Off-Broadway credits include Becoming Dr. Ruth, The Majestic Kid, Divine Fire, Nymph Errant, and The World is Made of Glass. Regional credits include Don Juan (Denver Center/Denver Critic’s Circle Award); My Fair Lady (Theatre Virginia/Phoebe Award); The Secret Garden (The Olney Theatre); and Texas Flyer (Theatre Under The Stars). He has designed the last ten seasons for Barrington Stage Company, including The Best of Enemies, The Crucible, A Streetcar Named Desire, Carousel, Uncle Vanya, Follies, West Side Story, and Ring Round the Moon. He designed more than 30 productions for Bristol Riverside Theatre, including The Balkan Women (Barrymore Award Nomination), Evita, Chicago, Alive and Well, and Dear World. Internationally, he designed ART and Kiss of the Spider Woman (Singapore Rep) and Concerts (The Club Mohamed Ali, Cairo). In Boston, he designed The Comedy of Errors (CommonwealthShakespeare Company/Elliot Norton
Award); Don Giovanni (NEC Opera); The Merchant of Venice (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); The Glass Menagerie and Adrift in Macao (The Lyric Stage Company); Absurd Person Singular, The Sea Horse, and Van Gogh in Japan (The Nora Theatre); and Grease, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Into the Woods (The Majestic Theatre). Mr. Pinkney is an Associate Professor at Emerson College. [slpinkney.com]
sound designer & composer
DEWEY DELLAY (Sound Designer & Composer) returns to New Repertory Theatre after composing music and designing sound for Rancho Mirage and Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Other area credits include Operation Epsilon (Nora Theatre Company); The Chosen, Miss Witherspoon, and 9 Parts of Desire/Elliot Norton Award Best Sound Design (The Lyric Stage Company); and The Women and Five By Tenn/IRNE Award Best Sound Design (SpeakEasy Stage Company). Mr. Dellay has composed music for the Off-Broadway version of The Countess, which went to London’s West End Criterion Theater. Currently he is composing for the fourth season of Our America with Lisa Ling (Oprah Winfrey Network).
LESLIE SEARS* (Stage Manager) returns to New Repertory Theatre after working on Camelot, Rancho Mirage, Amadeus, and Race. Area credits include A Raisin in the Sun, Invisible Man, Private Lives, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Sons of the Prophet, Ruined, Vengeance is the Lord’s, Bus Stop, Prelude to a Kiss, All My Sons, A Civil War Christmas, Fences, The Miracle at Naples, and The Corn is Green (Huntington Theatre Company); four festival operas with Boston Early Music Festival; three seasons at Boston Lyric Opera; and four seasons at Tanglewood Music Center. New York credits include Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theatre Center). Ms. Sears is a graduate of Boston University where she currently teaches Stage Management. Originally from San Diego, California, she resides in East Boston.
*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
|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.
|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.|
Moderated by WGBH’s Callie Crossley
|Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:45pm|
Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:30pm
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