While the Sondheim-Weidman musical Assassins is playing currently at The Weekend Theater, it is not the only title produced there with characters named Lincoln and Booth.
Suzan-Lori Parks’s Top Dog/Underdog is a two character play featuring brothers named Lincoln and Booth. Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this is a darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity.
The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two African American brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment.
In 2014, The Weekend Theater presented the play. The brothers were played by Byron Thomas Jr. and Jermaine McClure. The latter also directed the play.
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama being given. To pay tribute to 100 years of the Pulitzer for Drama, each day this month a different Little Rock production of a Pulitzer Prize winning play will be highlighted. Many of these titles have been produced numerous times. This look will veer from high school to national tours in an attempt to give a glimpse into Little Rock’s breadth and depth of theatrical history.
Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Topdog/Underdog, is a darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity.
In the play Suzan-Lori Parks explores the way people are defined by history. The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two African American 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. Vibrating with the clamor of big ideas, audaciously and exuberantly expressed, this play considers nothing less than the existential traps of being African-American and male in the United States, the masks that wear the men as well as vice versa.
The play is directed by Jermaine McClure, who also appears along with Byron Thomas Jr.
Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. The show opened last night and continues tonight. It also plays November 7 & 8 and 14 & 15 at 7:30pm.