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Topdog/Underdog

Topdog/Underdog
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks
Date premiered July 26, 2001 (2001-07-26)
Place premiered The Public Theater
Original language English

Topdog/Underdog is a play by Suzan-Lori Parks. Parks received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2002 for the work.

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Production history 2
  • Reception 3
  • Awards and nominations 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Plot

The play chronicles the adult lives of two African American brothers, Lincoln and Booth, as they cope with women, work, poverty, gambling, racism, and their troubled upbringings.

Production history

Topdog/Underdog opened

External links

  • Parks, Suzan-Lori (2004). Topdog/Underdog. New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc. p. 117 pp.  
  1. ^ a b c Sommer, Elyse, Loveridge, Lizzie and Gutman, Les. Reviews"Togdog/Underdog" curtainup.com, April 12, 2002
  2. ^ Topdog/Underdog, lortel.org, accessed May 19, 2015
  3. ^ Gates, Anita. "Deception and Betrayal, 'All in the Family' " New York Times, September 23, 2012.
  4. ^ "Topdog/Underdog: Shaw scores with an intriguing, edgy drama". The Globe and Mail, August 8, 2011.
  5. ^ "Theatre Review: Topdog/Underdog". NOW, December 1, 2011.
  6. ^ "33rd Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards". Theatromania, June 25, 2012.
  7. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Not to Worry, Mr. Lincoln, It's Just A Con Game." The New York Times, April 8, 2002.
  8. ^ "Pulitzer Prize, Drama, 2002" pulitzer.org, accessed May 19, 2015

References

  • 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama[8]
  • 2002 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Actor, Jeffrey Wright (nominee)
  • 2002 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play (nominee)
  • 2002 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Actor, Jeffrey Wright (nominee)
  • 2002 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Director of a Play (Wolfe)
  • 2001-2002 Obie Award, Performance (Wright) and Direction (Wolfe) (winners0
  • 2001-2002 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding John Glassner Award, Playwriting, Parks (winner)
  • 2001-2002 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Special Achievement Award. Wright (winner)
  • 2001-2002 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Special Achievement Award, Mos Def (winner)
  • 2002 Tony Award, Best Play (nominee)
  • 2002 Tony Award, Best Actor in Play (Wright) (nominee)

Awards and nominations

Critic [7]

Reception

A 2011 production at the Shaw Festival in Canada starred Kevin Hanchard as Booth and Nigel Shawn Williams as Lincoln.[4] This production had a second run at The Theatre Centre in Toronto later in the same year through Obsidian Theatre Company.[5] Hanchard and Williams were both nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role – Play at the 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Awards; Williams won the award.[6] Director Philip Akin also won the Dora for Outstanding Direction of a Play/Musical.

In September 2012, Topdog/Underdog was produced by the Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, New Jersey.[3]

[1] in 2003, with the same Broadway cast, and directed by Wolfe.Royal Court Theatre The play transferred to London at the [1]

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