Matthew Lopez is the author of The Whipping Man, one of the most widely produced new American plays of the last several years. The play premiered at Luna Stage in Montclair, NJ, and debuted in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club, garnering OBIE and Lucille Lortel Awards. Matthew was awarded the John Gassner New Play Award from the New York Outer Critics Circle for the play. His play Somewhere has been produced at the Old Globe, TheatreWorks in Palo Alto and most recently at Hartford Stage Company, where his play Reverberation received its world premiere in 2015. His play, The Legend of Georgia McBride, premiered at the Denver Theatre Center for the Performing Arts. His play The Sentinels premiered in London at Headlong Theatre Company in 2011. Matthew currently holds new play commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Hartford Stage, and South Coast Rep. Matthew was a staff writer on HBO’s The Newsroom and adapted Javier Marias' trilogy, Your Face Tomorrow, for the screen.
Seret Scott is pleased to return to George Street Playhouse, where she directed A Raisin in the Sun. As an Associate Artist, Ms. Scott has directed a dozen productions at the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego. Off-Broadway directing credits: New Victory, Second Stage, PanAsian Rep. Regional credits: Court Theatre-Chicago where she just premiered Native Son, Actors Theatre-Louisville, South Coast Rep, ACT-San Francisco, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center, Two River Theatre NJ, PlayMakers Rep-NC, Indiana Rep, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Tribute Productions DC, Studio Theatre, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Yale Rep, National Black Theatre, L.A. Theatre Works, Alliance Theatre, ViVo Flamenco, among many others. Ms. Scott authored Second Line, produced by NJ’s Passage Theatre and DC’s Atlas Theatre, and FunnyTime, a 10-minute play produced by the Public Theatre and Negro Ensemble Co. She is a Drama Desk Award winning actress and is on the Executive Board of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
On stage, Ron recently completed Headstrong at New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre (nominated for an AUDELCO Award). He performed in the Signature Theatre Company revival of Zooman and The Sign and has starred as Iago opposite Patrick Stewart’s Othello at the National Shakespeare Theater of Washington, DC. Ron won a Dramalogue Award for Outstanding Performance for his work in The Boys Next Door. He has starred in Los Angeles productions of Macbeth, Miss Julie and Romulus Linney’s Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks (dir. Harris Yulin). The latter two productions were presented at The Odyssey Theater. He performed at The Mark Taper Forum in The Task and Private Battle. At San Diego’s Old Globe Theater, Ron originated the role of Joe Louis in the world premiere of Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting and was the second actor in the country to play Troy Maxon in August Wilson’s Fences for The GeVa Theater. Other favorite roles include the title role in Sizwe Banzi is Dead (San Jose Rep.), Midge Carter in I’m Not Rappaport (Cincinnati Playhouse) and every Shakespearean role he has ever performed. He recently directed the NY production of The Invested at the 4th Street Theatre as well as Lights Up on the Fade Out at the Lillian Theater in LA. Recent film credits include Ted 2 for director Seth MacFarlane, the box office smash Wedding Crashers, as well as the critically acclaimed Cinderella Man (dir. Ron Howard). Other notable films include National Treasure, The Human Stain, The United States of Leland, and The Hunted. Ron received the Dallas Film Critics Award and significant national attention for his performance as Otis Payne in director John Sayles’ acclaimed feature film Lone Star. His numerous television credits include the made for television movies Reversible Errors (CBS), The Apartment Complex (Showtime), Before He Wakes (CBS) and Clover (USA), as well as appearances on Star Trek (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager); Stargate SG-1, Babylon 5, X-Files, Grimm, Nick Fury: Agent of Shield for FOX, Boston Legal, The West Wing (NBC), Weeds, The Shield, and many others.
Luke Forbes (John) recently performed in the New York premiere of Chiori Miyagawa’s This Lingering Life at HERE Arts Center. Other New York theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice on Broadway with Al Pacino (Tony Award nomination for Best Revival), and several others. He will be seen at Baltimore’s Center Stage in their upcoming production of Marley, a world premiere musical based on the life and times of Bob Marley. Luke recently wrapped shooting episodes of ABC’s Forever and FOX’s Gotham in recurring and guest starring roles, as well as episodes from the hit Vimeo web series High Maintenance (‘Geiger’) featuring Luke in a guest role, and MTV’s forthcoming One Bad Choice (‘Michelle Gopaul’). Luke has also been featured in several films. Most recently, Luke played a supporting role in Clutter, starring Carol Kane and Orange Is The New Black’s Natasha Lyonne. A playwright, Luke is currently penning a number of projects for stage and screen. Educated at Cornell and Harvard Universities.
Adam Gerber (Caleb) Recent credits include numerous ppearances at San Diego’s Old Globe in All’s Well That Ends Well, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead,
Pygmalion, and Othello, in collaboration with directors such as Barry Edelstein, Adrian Noble, and Nicholas Martin. Other select theatrical credits include Lebensraum off- Broadway at the Abingdon Theatre, Hikobae at The Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo, Japan, and Mendel the Chassid in Sex and the Holyland as part of the NY Fringe Festival. Adam received his master’s degree in theater from The Old Globe/USD (Darlene Marcos Shiley Award recipient), his bachelor’s degree in theater from The George Washington University, and is a graduate of the prestigious Stella Adler Studio.
"George Street has outdone itself...the play should definitely be on your radar as a must see production." - Gary Wien, New Jersey Stage
"The Whipping Man...continues to be produced with great success across the country and elsewhere. However, I can't imagine a finer one than the one now at the George Street Playhouse." - Simon Saltzman, US1 and CurtainUp.com
“Stunning...riveting!” - Charles Paolino, Home News Tribune
“Bold and exciting...you will be mesmerized...The Whipping Man is a show for the ages!” - Marina Kennedy, BroadwayWorld.com
"Masterful...It is the kind of theatre that doesn’t leave the audience even after the audience has left the theatre." - John Kazmark, New Jersey Hills
Richmond, April 1865. In this powerful and evocative historical play, a wounded Jewish confederate soldier returns to his family home that now stands ruined and abandoned – except for two former slaves also raised in the Jewish faith. As the three men share an improvised Seder to mark Passover, they discover that, though they are no longer tied by ownership, they remain bound by faith, history and long-buried secrets.
Since opening off-Broadway to critical acclaim and winning the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play, The Whipping Man has become one of the most produced plays in the country.
The Whipping Man is recommended for mature audiences due to strong language and a scene of explicit physical trauma.
NEWS & REVIEWS
- Theater Review: 'The Whipping Man' arrives at the George Street Playhouse at the perfect time - New Jersey Hills (2/11/2015)
- Theater: 'The Whipping Man' at George Street Playhouse looks at race relations in Civil War setting - The Times of Trenton (2/4/2015)
- VIDEO: On the Scene: The Whipping Man (for cable subscribers who receive News 12 New Jersey only) - News 12 New Jersey (1/30/2015)
- Theatre Review: The Whipping Man at George Street Playhouse - New Brunswick Today (1/30/2015)
- 'The Whipping Man' opens at the George Street Playhouse, with a tour-de-force performance - The Star-Ledger/NJ.com (1/30/2015)
- BWW Reviews: THE WHIPPING MAN is Gripping Drama at GSP through 2/14 - BroadwayWorld.com (1/29/2015)
- The Whipping Man: A Theatrical Triumph at George Street Playhouse - Out In Jersey (1/28/2015)
- "The Whipping Man" at the George Street Playhouse (through February 15, 2015) - US1/CurtainUp.com (1/26/2015)
- George Street's 'Whipping Man' offers stunning look at the cost of war - Home News Tribune/MyCentralJersey.com (1/26/2015)
- REVIEW: The Whipping Man - New Jersey Stage (1/25/2015)
- Top 5 N.J. shows this week - The Star-Ledger/NJ.com (1/19/2015)
- Jewish slaveholders, Jewish slaves focus of GSP production - Home News Tribune/MyCentralJersey.com (1/19/2015)
- [AUDIO] Web Extra: Full Interview with Ron Canada and Director Seret Scott (30:00) - WBGO Journal (1/9/2015)
- [AUDIO] Interview: The Whipping Man at GSP (13:30) - WBGO Journal (1/9/2015)