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Topdog/Underdog : Post Show Conversation with Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston Dr. Atyia Martin

3/25/2017 Avenue of the Arts/BU Theatre
2pm

Join Chief Resilience Officer Dr. Atyia Martin and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland for a post-show discussion after the 2pm performance of Topdog/Underdog on March 25.

Dr. Atyia Martin is a certified emergency manager with a diverse set of experiences in public health, emergency management, intelligence, and homeland security. Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed her as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Boston’s Resilience Strategy. Boston will focus on advancing racial equity as the foundation of the Resilience Strategy process to increase our shared ability to thrive after emergencies. Dr. Martin was previously the director of the office of public health preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission. Her previous professional experience includes the Boston Police Department’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center; City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management; the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI); and active duty Air Force assigned to the National Security Agency. Dr. Martin has also been adjunct faculty in the Master of Homeland Security at Northeastern University. Dr. Martin and her husband were born and raised in Boston where they currently live. They have five children.

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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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