February 4 - 26, 2017

by Matthew Lopez                       
Directed by Sally Wingert

It’s April 1865 and the Civil War is over. Caleb De Leon, a young Jewish Confederate soldier, returns home wounded to find his plantation home burned and looted, and his former slaves Simon and John now freed. As Simon, brought into the Jewish faith by the DeLeon family, prepares a Passover seder, the three men help each other navigate their newfound understandings of family, power and freedom, until the secrets that still bind them start to unravel. Winner of the 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award-winning play,  The Whipping Man will have Sally Wingert (seen at MJTC in Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Rose, Women Before a Glass, Family Secrets, and 2.5 Minute Ride) at the helm in her directorial debut.

Individual Producers: Steve & Gail Machov and Honey & Larry Zelle.
Producer's Circle: Ann Wynia

Individual tickets will go on sale January 9.
For group sales, call the box office at 651-647-4315.


Meet the Cast

Warren C. Bowles (Simon) previously directed DAI (enough), The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Jericho and Photograph 51 at MJTC. He has more than 40 years of experience as an actor, director, fight choreographer, and playwright at Mixed Blood Theatre and other theaters across the country. Directing credits include Park Square Theatre, San Diego Public Theatre, Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Interact, Southwest State University, Augsburg College, and others. In 2004, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak proclaimed a "Warren Caesar Bowles Day." In 2005, he received a McKnight Fellowship for Theater Artists. 

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JuCoby Johnson (John) appears for the first time at MJTC. In the Twin Cities, he has performed at Park Square Theatre (The Liar), Children's Theatre Company (Akeelah and the Bee), Ten Thousand Things (Pericles, Dear World), and Mu Performing Arts (You for Me for You). Upcoming projects include Underdog Theater's Baltimore is Burning and Theater Latté Da's Six Degrees of Separation. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota / Guthrie B.F.A. Actor Training Program.

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Riley O'Toole (Caleb) appears for the first time at MJTC. In the Twin Cities, he has performed at the Guthrie Theater (Juno and the Paycock, Blue Stockings, Youth Without God). Nationally, he has performed at Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and the Great River Shakespeare Festival. He currently appears in The Lion in Winter at the Guthrie followed by Hand to God at Salt Lake Acting CompanyHe is a graduate of the University of Minnesota / Guthrie B.F.A. Actor Training Program.

Meet the Director

Sally Wingert (Director) previously appeared at MJTC in Family Secrets, Woman Before a Glass, 2.5 Minute Ride, and Rose. Other credits include Guthrie Theater, where she has appeared in more than 80 productions since 1985, Theater Latté Da, Mixed Blood Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Park Square Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, Dark and Stormy Productions, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The O'Neill, Yale Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, and American Repertory Theater. She was awarded a 2014 McKnight Fellowship for Theater Artists.