The powerhouse cast she has put together includes renowned actor Brian Anthony Wilson, known for his work on the HBO drama “The Wire” as well as films such as “The Silver Linings Playbook” and “Limitless.” Joining him is Calvin Dutton, who recently starred in “Carter’s Way” at Steppenwolf Theater and “Fences” at Denver Theatre Center. Michael Simpson, who is currently featured in the acclaimed Kennedy Center production of “The Guardsmen,” will complete the cast.
The design team includes Deb Booth (scenic design), Chip Schoonmaker (costume design), DTF Producing Director Michael Giannitti (lighting design), and Jane Shaw (sound design).
DTF’s production of “The Whipping Man” was chosen by the Vermont Department of Tourism as one of its top 10 Civil War Events, and a number of local organizations across southern Vermont are collaborating with DTF on events leading up to the production. These include Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, the Vermont Humanities Council, and The Bennington Museum, where an event entitled “Conjuring the Civil War” will be hosted on July 13, at 2 pm. The design team and director of “The Whipping Man” will share the design ideas and the research that went into creating the DTF production.
Director Dina Janis, a resident of Dorset, will be familiar to regional audiences as the artistic director of DTF, whose commitment to revitalizing the festival has been praised throughout the region. Of the production Janis says; “Interest in the Civil War era seems widespread, with the release of films like “Lincoln” and with the 150th anniversary approaching. All of this makes it an excellent time for us to stage this play, which we think will really resonate with our audiences, young and old alike.”
Performances of “The Whipping Man” begin July 11 and run through July 20, with evening shows at 8 and matinees at 3.
For tickets or information call (802) 867-2223 or visit online at dorsettheatrefestival.org.