Date: May 17, 2007 — June 3, 2007
Price: $20

Written by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Art Devine


Two African-American blood brothers, named Lincoln and Booth as a joke by their father, share a one-room apartment with a bathroom down the hall. Booth aspires to be a successful three card monty hustler and Lincoln is proud to hold down a legitimate job. This brilliant script illuminates the African-American experience, locked in the embrace of history and family. New York Times critic Ben Brantley called this Pulitzer prize winner a “thrilling comic drama.”

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract.


Cape Rep takes a grim look at wounded souls

“Despite bringing extremely (albeit relevant) unpleasant topics to the stage, the charismatic acting and extremely believable scenery make Topdog/Underdog a play everyone should see despite the uneasiness it brings.” – Heather Wysocki, Barnstable Patriot

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‘Topdog/Underdog’ a polished production

“Cape Rep Theatre has opened its 10th season with an exceptional production, one that shouldn’t be missed. Topdog/Underdog is the 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Suzan-Lori Parks. The two-person cast, Lesley Billingslea and Darius Omar Williams, perform it flawlessly — as though it were written for them.”

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Behind the Scenes

Cape audiences get first look at ‘Topdog/Underdog’

” Just a few days before rehearsals were to begin, director Art Devine still didn’t have half of his two-person cast for the opening show of Cape Rep Theatre’s 2007 season. The play is “Topdog/Underdog,” the local premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks’ 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about two brothers trying to make sense of their lives and get ahead. With a limited number of black actors on Cape Cod, Devine held auditions and otherwise put the word out for a young Equity actor here, in Boston and in New York. But he still hadn’t found the right person.” – Kathi Scrizzi-Driscoll, Cape Cod Times

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