Theater News: Andre Braugher to star in ‘The Whipping Man’

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Andre Braugher to star in ‘The Whipping Man’ on Stage
November 2, 2010

Two-time Emmy Award winner Andre Braugher will appear in Manhattan Theatre Club’s upcoming New York premiere of the critically acclaimed historical drama ‘The Whipping Man’ by Matthew Lopez, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes.

This new production will begin performances Thursday, January 13 and open Tuesday February 1 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

April, 1865: the Civil War has ended. Caleb DeLeon, a Jewish Confederate soldier, returns wounded from the battlefield to find his family home in ruins, abandoned by everyone except Simon (Braugher) and John –two former slaves, who were raised as Jews in the DeLeon home. As the three men reunite to celebrate Passover, and recall the exodus from Egypt in light of their own new liberties, they uncover a tangle of secrets… ties that bind them together and that, ultimately, might cost each man his freedom.

Braugher is one of the most admired actors working today, having earned two Emmy Awards: in 1998 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for his fiery performance in ‘Homicide: Life on the Streets’ and in 2006 for his starring role in the miniseries ‘Thief.’ In 2010, he received his sixth Emmy nomination for the hit series ‘Men of a Certain Age’ which will return for its second season December 6 on TNT. On stage, Braugher received an Obie Award for his performance in the 1996 Shakespeare in the Park production of Henry V. Other New York stage credits include: Hamlet, The Tragedy of Richard II, Measure for Measure, and Twelfth Night.

Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York debut of this acclaimed historical drama is a tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance, and a fascinating portrayal of three men, and this country, at a crossroads.

Additional casting and other listings information for this limited engagement will be announced in the coming weeks.

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