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UNMASKING ‘THE WHIPPING MAN’ – News4usOnline.com

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The "Whipping Man," now playing at the Pasadena Playhouse, played at the South Coast Repertory first. Stars of "The Whipping Man," include Adam Haas Hunter (Caleb-left), Charlie Robinson (Simon-right), Jarrod M. Smith (John-center). Julianne Argyros Stage, January 4-25, 2015
The “Whipping Man,” written by Matthew Lopez, is now playing at the Pasadena Playhouse. The Civil War drama first played at the South Coast Repertory. Stars of “The Whipping Man,” include Adam Haas Hunter (Caleb-left), Charlie Robinson (Simon-right), Jarrod M. Smith (John-center). “The Whipping Man” plays at the Pasadena Playhouse through March 1.

Jarrod M. Smith has the opportunity of his lifetime. The “Whipping Man” star” is taking  full advantage of it. Smith came to Southern California from the East Coast last fall to get work as an actor. While living literally in and out of  his suitcase in his car, Smith went out and auditioned for a plum role in the South Coast Repertory’s version of “The Whipping Man,” a Civil War drama that focuses on slavery and faith…

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PASADENA PLAYHOUSE CELEBRATES PATRICIA MORISON, VENUE CHANGED – DonloesLowdown.blogspot.com

Thursday, February 12, 2015

 

100th Birthday Celebration

Sunday, March 15, 2015

PASADENA, CA (January 28, 2015) – The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive Director Elizabeth Doran) presents A CONVERSATION WITH PATRICIA MORISON, a 100th Birthday Celebration, on Sunday, March 15, 2015. This special event, honoring Broadway legend Patricia Morison (the original star of KISS ME, KATE) four days before her 100th birthday, takes place from 1-to 3 p.m.   The event has been relocated to The University Club of Pasadena at 175 North Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA  91101…
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FILM, BROADWAY LEGEND AND ICON PATRICIA MORISON CELEBRATES HER 100TH BIRTHDAY WITH TWO L.A. EVENTS – HighlightHollywood.com

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Film and Broadway legend and icon, Patricia Morison and the entire theatrical community is celebrating her 100th birthday with two Los Angeles events to mark the occasion.  A private event, hosted by The Nederlanders at The Pantages Theatre on March 9th and then for the public, a special conversation with Patricia Morison at the Pasadena Playhouse on March 15th from 1:00 – 3:00pm…

JEWISH SLAVE OWNERS AND A SEDER FOR THE AGES – JewishJournal.com

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<em>From left: Charlie Robinson and Adam Haas Hunter in “The Whipping Man.” Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR</em>

From left: Charlie Robinson and Adam Haas Hunter in “The Whipping Man.” Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR

The son of a Jewish, slave-owning family from the South confronts two of his former slaves just as the Civil War ends in the play “The Whipping Man,” which played at the West Coast Jewish Theatre in Los Angeles, has been produced by theater companies around the country and is now being presented by the Pasadena Playhouse…

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REVIEW: ‘THE WHIPPING MAN’ – TheaterMania.com

Three-character post-Civil War Drama explores issues of trust and brotherhood.
By Evan Henerson • Feb 11, 2015 • Los Angeles

Charlie Robinson as Simon and Adam Haas Hunter as Caleb in Matthew Lopez&#39;s The Whipping Man, directed by Martin Benson, at Pasadena Playhouse.
Charlie Robinson as Simon and Adam Haas Hunter as Caleb in Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man, directed by Martin Benson, at Pasadena Playhouse.
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The word “reconstruction” takes on an entirely new meaning within the unique framework of The Whipping Man, Matthew Lopez’s drama set in the days immediately following the end of the Civil War. While it is hardly unusual to watch the interplay between white plantation owners and their newly freed slaves, witnessing this dynamic unfold against the backdrop of a Passover seder is something else entirely…

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WATCH: Director Martin Benson and star Charlie Robinson discuss THE WHIPPING MAN at The Pasadena Playhouse

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Join Us for The Colony Theatre’s West Coast Premiere of “The Road To Appomattox”

Save $10 on Tickets for Opening Weekend!*
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The Road To Appomattox

February 14 – March 15, 2015
By Catherine Bush
Directed by Brian Shnipper
Who knew that Civil War General Robert E. Lee‘s challenges and final retreat to Appomattox would weave brilliantly with a parallel story of a modern-day couple facing marital troubles? A one hundred and fifty year gap isn’t enough to break the tie between these two disparate parties stuck in a not-so-civil game of love and war as their futures hang in the balance.
Tickets available online at http://www.colonytheatre.org/cycleAppomattox.html or by calling 818-558-7000.
The Colony Theatre Company
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Burbank, California  91502
 
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REVIEW: ‘THE WHIPPING MAN’ – PASADENA PLAYHOUSE – ReviewPlays.com

Reviewed by Carol Kaufman Segal

 

 

The Whipping Man, by Matthew Lopez, is a haunting drama that takes place days after the end of the Civil War.  It is being presented at The Pasadena Playhouse, in association with South Coast Repertory, offering a superb cast and wonderfully directed by Martin Benson.  The lovely plantation home of a Jewish family, the DeLeons, has been ravished by the war (set authentically designed by Tom Buderwitz). It appears that the home has been abandoned when son Caleb (Adam Haas Hunter), crippled by a bullet wound in the leg, finds his way home…

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REVIEW: ‘THE WHIPPING MAN’ AT PASADENA PLAYHOUSE – LifeinLA.com

Sunday, 08 February 2015 08:22
Written by  Edmond Stevens
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The Whipping Man arrives at a pivotal moment as we mark both Black History Month and the approach of the Passover season, an unlikely dramatic mash-up that takes the stage for the coming month at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Though hardly a footnote in Ken Burns’ landmark Civil War epic, the south was home to 50,000 Jews at the outbreak of conflict, some of them slave owners. This noted sidebar anchors playwright Matthew Lopez’ compact and intense drama that springs from the prophetic irony that 1865’s Passover observation fell on the day after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox and the final stacking of muskets that silenced our great apocalypse of conscience and bloodletting. The Israelites’ escape from Egypt and the statutory end of American slavery encourages us to see the play through the lens of this metaphor and their mutually resonant stories…

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REVIEW: ‘THE WHIPPING MAN’ – INTIMATE CIVIL WAR DRAMA AT THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE – StageStruckReview.com

Adam Haas Hunter, Jarrod M. Smith and Charlie Robinson all have a legacy attached to "The Whipping Man" at Pasadena Playhouse [photo: Jordon Kubat]

The best kind of historical plays and films are those which look at some aspect of an era in a complex, yet personal way. This becomes more and more difficult with portions of history which have become iconic, larger than life, epic moments in human or national development. Which is part of what makes “The Whipping Man” by Matthew Lopez, a co-production with South Coast Repertory now opened at the Pasadena Playhouse, so powerful. In the intimate relationship of three men at the end of the Civil War, portraits of slavery, Southern defeat and the lives of the South’s Jewish minority all coalesce…

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