Paperback, 112 pages ISBN: 9781559362016Publication Date:
1 Feb 2007
Size: 215mm x 136mm£14.99
First Staged:
Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York, 2001; Royal Court, London, 2003


By Suzan-Lori Parks

Paperback £14.99

  • Pulitzer Prize for Drama - 2002

A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, from the leading black American woman playwright. 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.

The play 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.

Press Quotes

'[Suzan-Lori Parks has] burst though every known convention to invent a new theatrical language, like a jive Samuel Beckett, while exploding American cultural myths and stereotypes along the way'

New York Observer

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

Paperback, 112 pages ISBN: 9781559362016Publication Date:
1 Feb 2007
Size: 215mm x 136mm£14.99

Also by Suzan-Lori Parks:

Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
Red Letter Plays
100 Plays for the First Hundred Days
365 Days/365 Plays
The Book of Grace
The America Play and other works

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