Whipping, or The Football Hamlet


A young black professional quarterback gets his start in a high-stakes playoff game and discovers the system is rigged against him:  the referee makes biased calls, the commentators whitewash his efforts to make unconventional plays, and his teammates keep disappearing.  Are a white female sideline reporter, a blue collar beer man, and a temporally displaced Union soldier the allies he needs to make the game fair?  WHIPPING uses an absurdist mash-up of HAMLET and the NFL to create a bleakly comic commentary on race, class, and gender in modern America.

Presented by Longacre Lea

Show Type
Running Time
120 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges
$15 - $20

Discount Tickets Available PWYC on Thursday August 10th and Thursday August 17th; also $15 price is for seniors (60+) and students with ID.

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Schedule Open/Close Dates: 08/10/2017 - 09/10/2017
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Important Dates
Performer Role
Scott Abernethy Rufferee
Seth Alcorn Insured Man
Jenna Berk Amanda
Madeline Rose Burrows Complex Patient
Chris Davenport Ross
Ashley DeMain Ideal Woman
Annalisa Dias Fay
Michael Dove Celebrity Two
Thembi Duncan Celebrity One
Vince Eisenson Jay
Dave Gamble Doctor
Kimberly Gilbert Celebrity Three
William Hayes Free Safety
Séamus Miller Beer Man
Kamau Mitchell Ham
Tracy L Olivera Gerta Erentrude
Matthew Pauli Gary
Gerrad Taylor Clay
Ryan Tumulty Coach
Justin Weaks Old Hamlet
Emily Whitworth Reporter
Production Personnel
Kathleen Akerley
Kathleen Akerley
asst. dir. Linda Lombardi
Costume Designer
Heather Jackson
Set Designer
Elizabeth Jenkins McFadden
Sound Designer
Neil McFadden
Movement for plays
Kathleen Akerley and Ensemble
Musical Director
Tom Carman
Lighting Designer
John Burkland
Projections/Media Designers
Kathleen Akerley
Séamus Miller


Callan Theatre - Catholic University
3801 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC 20017
About the Venue:
An intimate, 70-seat black box behind the Hartke Theatre.

Getting There

  • Brookland-CUA (Red Line)


  • Free onsite parking


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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