THE WHIPPING MAN to Make New England Premiere with New Rep, 1/25-2/15
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. Hinton 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 the 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 Conservatory 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.
Matthew Lopez (Playwright)'s The Whipping Man enjoyed its world premiere at Luna Stage in 2006 and has played at over two dozen theatres across the country including The Old Globe, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, The ALLIANCE THEATRE, Northlight Theatre, Barrington Stage, Hartford Stage, and Baltimore Centerstage. The play premiered in New York in 2010 at Manhattan Theatre Club. The sold-out production extended four times, ultimately running 101 performances off-Broadway and garnering Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards. Mr. Lopez was awarded the John Gassner New Play Award from the New York Outer Critics Circle for the play. His play Somewhere started at Summer Play Festival at The Public Theatre in 2008 and premiered at The Old Globe in San Diego in 2011. The play was subsequently presented at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto in the winter of 2013 and will receive its East Coast premiere at Hartford Stage in the spring of 2014. His newest play, The Legend of Georgia McBride, will premiere at the Denver Theatre Center in the winter of 2014. Other plays include Reverberation, Zoey's Perfect Wedding and The Sentinels, which premiered in London at Headlong Theatre Company in 2011. Mr. Lopez holds new play commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Hartford Stage, where he is the 2012/13 AETNA New Voices Fellow. He is also a staff writer on Aaron Sorkin's HBO series The Newsroom.
Tickets: $28-$60; student, senior, and group discounts available. Telephone: 617-923-8487. Online: newrep.org. In Person: 10am to 6pm, Arsenal Center for the Arts 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Free, six-level parking garage next to the Arsenal Center for the Arts. Public transportation: #70 or #70A bus to the School Street stop from Central Square Station, Red Line. Wheelchair Accessible, Assistive Listening System Large-Print and Braille Programs Available.