Playwright Matthew Lopez is juggling two openings for his play, The Whipping Man. Tonight, in San Diego, the Old Globe production gets reviewed. Meanwhile under the direction of Chris Innvar, rehearsals at Barrington Stage Company are well underway as they prepare for the BSC debut in two weeks.
Matthew reports that he has put on eight pounds since they started rehearsals, and blames the whirlwind schedule for causing his usual discipline to lapse. For the latest on this up and coming gay playwright, see the article immediately below this one.
Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company thinks Matthew "Is such a fun person because he's so effervescent. He's very witty, and it's no secret that I am in love with his play, it's fabulous. The only problem is he's so up all the time, he makes me look downright boring."
The writer has a more serious side, too. Lopez talks candidly with me about the genesis of The Whipping Man here in Berkshire on Stage.
Above is one of the first photos of the Barrington Stage cast together and below are some fresh production photos from San Diego that are in tonight's press kits. The energy and tension apparent in these images testify to the compelling nature of this show. And it is visual proof as to why you should not, can not, must not miss The Whipping Man.
Just in! The first San Diego review: and they love The Whipping Man.
Performances (May 26 to June 17) of "The Whipping Man" are Tuesday through Friday at 7:30pm, Wednesdays at 2pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3:00 and 7:3pm at BSC Stage 2, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. Opening Night: Sat., May 29 at 8pm. Tickets: $15-$45. Seniors: $20 all matinees. Pay What You Can Night for 35 year olds and younger: Fri., June 4 at 7:30pm. For ticket information call 413-236-8888, stop by the BSC Box Office at 30 Union Street, or visit www.barringtonstageco.org.