Sunday, March 10, 2013

"Whipping Man" highlights season for Sarasota's WBTT

   The season is titled "Rhythms of Change," and it's designed to take audiences on a journey through American culture from 1865 to 1965.
   Lopez's 2011 drama has been widely produced all over the country in its short life, including a memorable production by Tampa's erstwhile Gorilla Theater last year.
    "The Whipping Man" is the second show of the season, opening Jan. 2 and running one month. It's the only non-musical of the season. The season opener is "Purlie," the Jim Crow-era musical co-written by Ossie Davis, Philip Rose and Peter Udell, with music by Gary Geld. It runs Nov. 13-Dec. 15.
Lena Horne
   Next up is "Harry and Lena," Feb. 19-March 23. It's a tribute to Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne.
   "Bubbling Brown Sugar" closes out the season, April 9-May 11. It's a revue that celebrates the music set in the Harlem Renaissance, including exuberant tunes by Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Fats Waller.
Details: 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. Tickets: $80 for season tickets; tickets for individual shows on sale Sept. 1. Information: 941-366-1505,

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