DALLAS, TX – Soul Rep Theatre Company will resume its 9th Season with the 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, TOPDOG/UNDERDOG by Suzan-Lori Parks. The play tells the complex, compelling and often cringe-worthy story of two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, and their struggle for power and with family history. The production will run for two weekends – April 8th thru 10th and April 15th thru 17th – at the South Dallas Cultural Center, located at 3400 S. Fitzhugh, adjacent to Fair Park.
Veteran director Ed Smith will direct this riveting play that stars local actors Djore Nance and Brentom Jackson as the tragic brothers, “Lincoln” and “Booth.” “I’m so excited that Soul Rep is producing this poignant play,” says Smith. “I love the rhythm of the piece and its dark humor. Parks’ brilliance really shines in this story about siblings dealing with loss.”
Set in the cramped room of a boarding house, TOPDOG/UNDERDOG, explores the complicated dynamics surrounding the brothers as they struggle to make a new life. Lincoln, the elder brother, has abandoned a life of conning as a master of the game Three-Card Monte, to taking a job impersonating Abraham Lincoln at an arcade. Booth, who recently split from his wife, continues to earn his living as a petty thief and wishes to emulate his brother’s old ways by learning how to “throw the cards.”
Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’ roots are in Texas. “It’s only fitting that Soul Rep produce this powerful piece by one of our own,” explains Guinea Bennett-Price, the company’s Artistic Director. “We were honored to produce the critically acclaimed regional premiere of Parks’ IN THE BLOOD in 2001. She is one of our favorite playwrights. Her work is challenging and always profound.”
Soul Rep Theatre Company exists to provide quality transformative Black Theater that enlightens the imagination, the spirit, and the soul. TOPDOG/UNDERDOG will run Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 3 PM and 8 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are $20. A preview performance will take place on Thursday, April 7th. Tickets can be purchased online at www.soulrep.org. For more information, please visit our website, FACEBOOK page, or email email@example.com.