DORSET - Brian Anthony Wilson, known for his work on the HBO drama "The Wire," as well as the film "Silver Linings Playbook" with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, will be performing the role of Simon in the upcoming production of "The Whipping Man."

Wilson is also known for his work on the stage, including "Assassin" (InterAct/ Act II Playhouse) and "Seven Guitars" (People's Light & Theatre Co). He will be joined onstage by Michael Simpson, whose stage credits include "The Glass Menagerie" at The Globe Theatre in San Diego and Calvin Dutton, who recently performed in "Fences" at the Denver Center Theatre. This production is directed by Dorset Theatre Festival's own Artistic Director, Dina Janis.

"The Whipping Man," presented with the support of Josiah Allen Real Estate and r.k. Miles, coincides with the 150th anniversary of our nation's Civil War and was named one of Vermont Tourism's Top Ten Civil War events for the summer.

"There are a number of exciting things about this production... and to be able to do it now, during the anniversary of the Civil War when people are looking back and talking about these issues of race and religion that are still in public discourse, is very inspiring. And then to have an actor of Brian's caliber to render this beautiful, important character - it's very exciting for the Festival and the community," says Janis.

"The Whipping Man" runs through July 20: Wednesdays through Saturdays and some Tuesdays at 8 p.m., and Wednesdays, Sundays and some Saturdays at 3 p.m. For tickets, call (802) 867-2223 or visit dorsettheatrefestival.org.