Due to advance audience demand, Cleveland Play House has extended the run of The Whipping Man, a drama by Matthew Lopez and directed by Giovanna Sardelli, for an additional week at PlayhouseSquare’s Second Stage Theatre. Opening on November 2 and originally scheduled to close on November 25, the six added performances begin on Wednesday, November 28 and run through Sunday, December 2, 2012.
Regular ticket prices range from $49 to $69, with discounts available for groups of ten or more. Tickets are $15 for all students under the age of 25. For Single Tickets: Call (216) 241-6000, or visit www.clevelandplayhouse.com. Groups of 10 of more: Call Cosandra Wheeler, (216) 400-7027.
The Whipping Man is produced with support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council; promotional support courtesy of Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cuyahoga County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Mandel Jewish Community Center and Cleveland State University Black Studies Program.
The Whipping Man is an original and thrilling new play about the history of race, religious identity and what it means to be free. It is April, 1865, and the Civil War is drawing to a close. Caleb DeLeon, a Jewish Confederate soldier, returns wounded from the battlefield to find his family home in ruins, abandoned by everyone except Simon and John, two former slaves who were raised as Jews in the DeLeon home. As the three men reunite to celebrate Passover, they uncover a tangle of secrets…ties that bind them together and that, ultimately, could cost each man his freedom.
Founded in 1915, Cleveland Play House is America’s first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, Cleveland Play House has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. It has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,300 CPH productions. Today, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Bloom and Managing Director Kevin Moore, Cleveland Play House looks toward its centennial while performing in three state-of-the art venues at PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland.
Cleveland Play House is funded through the generosity of Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and The Ohio Arts Council helps to fund Cleveland Play House with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.