The City Theatre presents
by Suzan-Lori Parks
directed by Lisa Jordan
featuring Richard Romeo and McArthur Moore
February 17 – March 13
Thursdays – Saturdays 8:00 p.m., Sundays 5:30 p.m.
produced in honor of Black History Month.
The City Theatre. 3823 Airport Blvd. 78757 – east corner of Airport Blvd. and 38 ½ Street.
Reservations 512-524-2870 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The City Theatre is proud to open its 2011 season with one of the hottest new plays in American drama, Topdog/Underdog, written by Suzan–Lori Parks and winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. Produced in honor of Black History Month, performances begin February 17 and run through March 13 at The City Theatre.
“There’s more to me than some cheap hustle.”
Cain and Abel. Jacob and Esau. Stories of brothers at odds and family identity go back a long way and Park’s darkly comic fable is a potent, raw and disturbing reminder of such conflict. The play tells the story of Lincoln, a retired master of the three-card street hustle, and Booth, a master thief, two African American brothers whose names were given to them as a joke by their father and who share a lifetime of hard times, played out and explored in a one-room apartment that is their field of unrealized dreams. Haunted by a past of abandonment and struggles, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of their family’s history and its future. Park’s play has the vision and beat of a good jazz piece as Lincoln and Booth come to terms with their past and present lives. It is a brisk, bracing, volcanic and compelling two-hander that is illuminated by the smarts and poetry of the street.
The production stars Richard Rashad Romeo (Fences, Death and the King’s Horseman) and McArthur Moore, (A Raisin the Sun, Fences, Hamlet) with direction by City Theatre guest artist Lisa Jordan.