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Topdog/Underdog : Post Show Conversation with Harvard professor Glenda R. Carpio

4/2/2017 Avenue of the Arts/BU Theatre
2pm

Join Harvard professor Glenda Carpio and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland for a post-show discussion after the 2pm performance of Topdog/Underdog on April 2.

Glenda R. Carpio is Professor of African and African American Studies and English at Harvard University. Her book, Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. She is currently working on a book on immigration, expatriation, and exile in American literature. Professor Carpio recently co-edited African American Literary Studies: New Texts, New Approaches, New Challenges (2011) with Professor Werner Sollors. Professor Carpio started her teaching career in Compton, California where she taught 8th grade English and 4th grade through the Teach for America program. She recently received Harvard University’s Abramson Award for Excellence and Sensitivity in Undergraduate Teaching. She received her PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and her BA was earned at Vassar College. She was awarded tenure at Harvard University in 2009.  Professor Carpio was named one of the ROOT.com 100 for 2010.

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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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