THE WHIPPING MAN Makes New England Premiere with New Rep, Now thru 2/15

New Repertory Theatre presents the New England Premiere of THE WHIPPING MAN, today, January 25 through February 15, 2014. Directed by Benny Sato Ambush, THE WHIPPING MAN performs in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, in Watertown, MA.

Tickets are $28- $60 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 617-923-8487 or online at newrep.org. Student, senior, and group discounts are available. The press performance is Monday, January 27 at 7:30pm.

"This new play fits beautifully with New Rep's mission," says Artistic Director Jim Petosa. "It explores the human experience through profound ways, and offers a new way of looking at older, historical ideas."

"We're thrilled to welcome guest director Benny Sato Ambush," says Managing Director Harriet Sheets. "And we welcome actors Johnny Lee, Jesse, and Keith back to New Rep."

THE WHIPPING MAN features Johnny Lee Davenport as Simon, Jesse Hinson as Caleb, and Keith Mascoll as John.

About THE WHIPPING MAN: 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.

About New Repertory Theatre: New Repertory Theatre is the award-winning, professional theatre company in residence at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. Entering its 30th season as a leading self-producing theatre in greater Boston, New Rep produces contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, and musicals in both the 340-seat Charles Mosesian Theater and the 90-seat Black Box Theater. Annually, New Rep serves 45,000-50,000 patrons, including over 2,200 season Subscribers. In addition to its mainstage productions, the non-profit theatre produces New Rep's Next Voices, with four playwrights each season, which develops new plays into three staged readings and one world premiere production. Under its Lifelong Enrichment Arts Programs (LEAP), New Rep also produces its Classic Repertory Company, summerSTAGE2, Page To Stage, Insider Experiences, and Spotlight Symposium Series.

New Rep's Mission: New Repertory Theatre produces plays that speak powerfully to the essential ideas of our time. Through the passion and electricity of live theater performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Rep expands and challenges the human spirit of both artists and audience. New Rep presents world premieres, contemporary and classic works in several intimate settings. We are committed to education and outreach, including special dedication to the creation of innovative in-school programming and providing access to underserved audiences. New Rep is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.

ARTISTIC BIOS:

Johnny Lee Davenport* (Simon) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in 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).




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