by Suzan-Lori Parks
Arthur Wagner Theatre
UC San Diego, 2009
Topdog/Underdog is the 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning play about two African American brothers, named Lincoln and Booth as a “joke” by their father, coping with women, work, poverty, gambling, racism, and their troubled upbringings. Using three-card monte as a metaphor, this play is ultimately about the Great American Con. UC San Diego's production furthers the campus's conversation during year-long Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln bicentennial celebrations.
Directorial Vision: "As I enter this rehearsal process I’m most excited about the opportunity to work on an intimate play between two black men. Think about how many plays fit that bill. I’m going in with no preconceived notions of what this brotherly relationship is or should be -- I ask you to do the same. Can we really get inside their heads? Or is it all just a con game?"
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