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Topdog/Underdog : Humanities Forum

3/19/2017 Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre
2pm

Boston Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham and Deputy Director for the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety Initiatives Conan Harris will lead a post-show discussion about the themes in Topdog/Underdog after the 2pm performance on March 19. A Boston Globe event – tickets to the March 19 performance are $45 for Boston Globe subscribers who use the discount code.

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About Topdog/Underdog

Suzan-Lori Parks’ thrilling and darkly comic fable of brotherly love and sibling rivalry. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama! Directed by Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, The Colored Museum at the Huntington).

Topdog/Underdog vibrates with the clamor of big ideas, audaciously and exuberantly expressed. Like Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison's landmark novel of 1952, Topdog/Underdog 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 New York Times

Approximate run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission.

“I am over the moon about returning to the Huntington with such an important work. I am humbled that both Peter DuBois and Suzan-Lori Parks have entrusted me to interpret this material for a new generation. I promise to make you proud!”— Billy Porter

“Billy Porter directed a sizzling remount of George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum in 2015, and I am delighted to welcome him back this spring to direct a major revival of a play that electrified Broadway audiences nearly 15 years ago: Topdog/Underdog. Exploring Suzan-Lori Parks’ dynamic Pulitzer Prize-winning play in 2017 will be extremely timely and impactful. Billy, a triple threat Tony Award winner, has proven that he is a man of boundless talent, and bringing these two brilliant American theatre artists together is a dream.”— Peter DuBois

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