Topdog/Underdog

April 24 – May 19, 2013

By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson

This production is sponsored by Jonathan A. Melnick and WEAA 88.9 FM. 

Running Time: 2.5 hours including intermission

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Overview


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What the critics are saying about Topdog/Underdog:
"Skillfully directed by Jennifer L. Nelson, Topdog/Underdog is simply riveting...the end result is a well-written, finely produced and perfectly acted play. Highly recommended." 
Baltimore Post-Examiner

"An intriguing and thoughtful night of theater...the actors, KenYatta Rogers as Lincoln and Eric Berryman as Booth, both give dynamic, deeply emotive performances." 
City Paper

"Stunningly poignant subject matter for all who are watching....It’s a winning bet any way you look at it, the only way you lose is if you miss seeing 'Topdog/Underdog' at Everyman Theatre." 
— DC Metro Theater Arts

"Rogers and Berryman give masterful performances!" 
— BroadwayWorld
Their father named them Lincoln and Booth…as a joke. Two African-American brothers – left to live life on their own without any parents – learned to survive as street savvy hustlers. Now grown men, their names and their histories haunt them. Lincoln becomes an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, shot nightly by tourists at a local attraction, while Booth tries to pick up his brother’s card skills. The brothers find themselves constantly conning those on the street and, ultimately, each other in this darkly funny fable about family grievances, racism, deep wounds and healing. Full of passion and poetry, Topdog/Underdog is by one of North America’s most consistently thought-provoking playwrights and won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (contains strong language)

Cast
 
 


Eric Berryman*

Featured Resident Company Member
KenYatta Rogers




Creative
 
Author Suzan-Lori Parks
Director Jennifer L. Nelson
Scenic Design
James Fouchard
Lighting Design
Colin K. Bills
Costume Design
LeVonne Lindsay
Sound Design
Chas Marsh
Fight Choreography Lewis Shaw
Props Master
Jillian Matthews
Dramaturg Naomi Greenberg-Slovin
Stage Manager
Amanda M. Hall 

*Featured Resident Company Member

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Production Photos: "Topdog/Underdog"
Monday, April 29, 2013

Eric Berryman as Booth. Photo by Stan Barouh.KenYatta Rogers as Lincoln. Photo by Stan Barouh.
KenYatta Rogers as Lincoln. Photo by Stan Barouh.KenYatta Rogers as Lincoln and Eric Berryman as Booth. Photo by Stan Barouh.
KenYatta Rogers as Lincoln. Photo by Stan Barouh.Eric Berryman as Booth. Photo by Stan Barouh.
Eric Berryman as Booth and KenYatta Rogers as Lincoln. Photo by Stan Barouh.Eric Berryman as Booth and KenYatta Rogers as Lincoln. Photo by Stan Barouh.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Press & News


BmoreMedia: Eric Berryman "Embraces New Role as Underdog"
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

BmoreMedia.com's Martha Thomas recently sat down with Resident Company Member Eric Berryman for a candid conversation about his upbringing in Baltimore, his training as an actor, and his role as "Booth" in the current Everyman production of Topdog/Underdog.   More >


WEAA: Marc Steiner Sits Down With Eric Berryman
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Resident Company Member Eric Berryman sat down with WEAA's Marc Steiner of the Marc Steiner Show on Tuesday, May 14th to talk about the current production of Topdog/UnderdogMore >


City Paper: Enter, Stage Right
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

City Paper recently profiled upcoming Spring productions around Baltimore, including Everyman's production of Suzan-Lori Parks' "Topdog/Underdog."  Eric Berryman, a Resident Company Member at Everyman and graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, will be featured in the show.  To read the entire article, click here.  More >




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Reviews


DC Theatre Scene: 'Topdog' is "Gripping"
Monday, May 13, 2013

"Topdog/Underdog was was a smart choice for Everyman’s christening [of the new theatre], and a meaningful one. It’s a gripping tale for a wide variety of audiences, but, as some in the production have said, an important play for Baltimore audiences in particular to see," writes DC Theatre Scene critic Amrita Khalid.  "The two men have lived their lives as underdogs, and only in their ongoing sibling rivalry does one occasionally emerge as a top dog." More >


Baltimore Sun: Cain and Abel Redux
Monday, May 13, 2013

Topdog/Underdog is being given a "trenchant Baltimore premiere by Everyman Theatre," writes Baltimore Sun critic, Tim Smith.  "The 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog becomes a study in...a struggle that is as old as the story of Cain and Abel." More >


City Paper: "Topdog/Underdog" Delivers "Dynamic Performances"
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Topdog/Underdog "all leads up to an intriguing, thoughtful night of theater," writes City Paper's editor, Evan Serpick. "The actors, KenYatta Rogers as Lincoln and Eric Berryman as Booth, both give dynamic, deeply emotive performances."   More >




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