Topdog/Underdog

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Overview

A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity is Suzan-Lori Parks latest riff on the way we are defined by history. The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by the past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of their future.

Suzan-Lori Parks is the author of numerous plays, including In the Blood and Venus. She is ...

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Overview

A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity is Suzan-Lori Parks latest riff on the way we are defined by history. The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by the past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of their future.

Suzan-Lori Parks is the author of numerous plays, including In the Blood and Venus. She is currently head of the A.S.K. Theater Projects Writing for Performance Program at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.

Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, Suzan-Lori Parks's Topdog/Underdog is the story of two brothers, Lincoln and Booth -- named by their father in a joke that will come to define their destiny -- who share an all-consuming obsession with the street con game Three-Card Monte. It's also a richly multilayered drama that offers striking revelations on the nature of power and the fallacy of democratic egalitarianism.
Variety
...an utterly mesmerizing evening of theater...the vitality, freshness and gritty lyricism of Parks' writing are unlike anything to be heard on a Broadway Stage...
NY Times
...[a] vibrant comic drama of shifting identity and betrayal...from the ferociously talented author of and ...
BackStage
The issues are gripping, the characters are dynamite...a must-see play.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559362016
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 109,463
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

One of the contemporary American theater's most innovative wordsmiths. Her plays include: Topdog/Underdog (2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), In the Blood (2000 Pulitzer-nominee), Fucking A, Venus (OBIE Award), The America Play and Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (OBIE Award, Best New American Play). She is also a screenwriter, novelist, and MacArthur "Genius" grantee.

Good To Know

In our interview with Parks, we asked her to share three fun facts about herself. She replied:

1. Yes, my hair is real—I grew it myself.

2. I went to secretarial school to learn how to type.

3. I'm a yoga devotee.

More about Parks:

Her first feature film was 1996's Girl 6, directed by Spike Lee.

She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, blues musician Paul Scher, and their pit bull, Lambchop.

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 10, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Knox, Kentucky
    1. Education:
      B.A., Mt. Holyoke College, 1985
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2006

    waste of time...

    This play lacks a constructional plot and includes critical stereotypes of today's lower class citizens. I was discouraged that my own English professor would tell me to read this. I do not advise this play to be read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Sharp and truthful!

    This gem of a play is so much more than what people take it to be. A profound tale of two brothers scarred by their past. A wonderfully original work by a phenomenal playwright! *Highly recommended*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2004

    Amazing

    It was amazing how Parks managed to keep the story so captivating, yet never even going outside, let alone into another room, for the whole book. This story taught me so much and I feel it would be beneficial for anyone to read it.

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