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10 Years After Winning Pulitzer, Suzan-Lori Parks Returns To Direct New Topdog/Underdog Production

10 Years After Winning Pulitzer, Suzan-Lori Parks Returns To Direct New Topdog/Underdog Production

All the details in the press release below; performances begin on September 8, and continue through September 30, with opening night set for September 14, at Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, N.J. For tickets, which range from $37 to $57, click HERE.

Worth noting is that while the play ran Off-Broadway and on Broadway, George C. Wolfe sat in the director’s chair. This time, however, Suzan-Lori Parks will direct her own play.


Ten years after winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Suzan-Lori Parks directs her own play – a mythic fable about brotherly love, family, and history – for the first time; real-life brothers Brandon J. Dirden and Jason Dirden star as Lincoln and Booth Performances: Saturday, September 8 – Sunday, September 30, 2012 in the Rechnitz Theater Opening: Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8pm

RED BANK, NJ— Two River Theater Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, launches its 2012-2013 Season with Topdog/Underdog, written and directed by Suzan-Lori Parks. Performances will begin in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, on Saturday, September 8 and continue through Sunday, September 30. The opening night performance is Friday, September 14 at 8pm. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or This production is sponsored by desantis creative.

Topdog/Underdog is one of the most powerful dramas in the American theater. Acclaimed for its taut theatricality and surprising humor, the play tells the story of two brothers, Lincoln and Booth—names given to them as a joke by their father. This production will star real-life brothers Brandon J. Dirden (August Wilson’s Jitney at Two River, Broadway’s Clybourne Park and Enron) as Lincoln, and Jason Dirden (the 2010 Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Fences) as Booth.

Each day, Lincoln puts on a top hat and a fake beard and goes to work in a seedy arcade, where tourists come for the chance to shoot Honest Abe. Booth is obsessed with a street con game, three-card monte. Striving for a better life, bound by their love for each other, they are haunted by their own pasts—and our country’s history. Topdog/Underdog contains adult language and content and is recommended for mature audiences.

Says Artistic Director John Dias, “Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the greatest theater artists this country has produced. And her Topdog/Underdog is a masterpiece. The play both invites and challenges audiences to think about how we look at American history through the charged relationship of two brothers, played here by Brandon and Jason Dirden—two wonderful actors who are real-life brothers. I’ve known Suzan-Lori for many years, and I love her imagination and profound insight and skill, which is why I invited her to direct this play in celebration of the 10 th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize.

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