ISBN: 9781854597649
Author: By Suzan-Lori Parks
Publication Date: 9/10/2003
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 128pp.
Availability: Available

SKU: BK3167 Category: Tag:

A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Suzan-Lori Parks’ play Topdog/Underdog 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.

Topdog/Underdog was first performed at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York, in 2001. Its UK premiere was at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2003.

‘[The] speech is quick and rhythmically suprising. Parks’ dialogue is funny and distinctive and black… a great play, well worthy of its Pulitzer Prize’
Financial Times

‘A vibrant, gritty, lyrical play full of striking moments’
The Times

‘Exhilarating, funny but also devastatingly sad, presenting a vivid microcosm of both family relationships and the black experience in America today’

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