By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Jamil Jude
NOW EXTENDED! May 29 – June 30, 2024 

2002 Pulitzer Prize Winner

2023 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play

2002 Outer Critics Circle Award Winner

Abandoned by their parents as teenagers, brothers Lincoln and Booth learned to rely on each other. As adults, Lincoln and Booth are locked in a cycle of love and resentment, foretold by the names they were given by their father as jokes and compounded by the challenges of poverty and racism. In her “utterly mesmerizing” (Variety) Pulitzer Prize-winner—named the best American play written in the past 30 years by the New York Times and recent recipient of the 2023 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play—celebrated writer Suzan-Lori Parks asks whether we can ever really change the cards we’re dealt as the brothers’ tug-of-war for dominance builds to devastating, life-changing consequences.

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Thank you to our sponsors:
The 2023-2024 Season is sponsored by Linda Ravdin and Don Shapero. 
Topdog/Underdog is sponsored by Mitch & Heidi Dupler and Dan Kaplan & Kay Richman.

"Hits with the force of a bullet."
-The Washington Post
"Suzan-Lori Parks’s Pulitzer-winning play may never have been more gut-busting comedic nor more gut-punching tragic."
-DC Theater Arts
"Confident...nimble and entrancing...harvest[s] every note of humor and pathos from Parks's immortal script."
-The Washington Post
"Perfect pacing, lyrical delivery, and impressive emotional range...theatrical excellence at its best."
-Maryland Theatre Guide
"[A] raw and affecting masterpiece"
-Broadway World
"Seriously entertaining."
-DC Theater Arts
"Lives on the edge of a knife while questioning every aspect of society, history, and the individual."
-Maryland Theatre Guide
"Boddie and Dogbe are an extraordinary team as Lincoln and Booth. They are skillful, charismatic, and brutally honest."
-Broadway World

Production Photos

<p>Yao Dogbe (Booth) and Ro Boddie (Lincoln) in <em>Topdog/Underdog. </em>Photo by Margot Schulman Photography. </p>

Yao Dogbe (Booth) and Ro Boddie (Lincoln) in Topdog/Underdog. Photo by Margot Schulman Photography. 

<p>Ro Boddie (Lincoln) and Yao Dogbe (Booth) in <em>Topdog/Underdog. </em>Photo by Margot Schulman Photography. </p>

Ro Boddie (Lincoln) and Yao Dogbe (Booth) in Topdog/Underdog. Photo by Margot Schulman Photography. 

<p>Yao Dogbe (Booth) in <em>Topdog/Underdog. </em>Photo by Margot Schulman Photography. </p>

Yao Dogbe (Booth) in Topdog/Underdog. Photo by Margot Schulman Photography. 

<p>Ro Boddie (Lincoln) in <em>Topdog/Underdog. </em>Photo by Margot Schulman Photography. </p>

Ro Boddie (Lincoln) in Topdog/Underdog. Photo by Margot Schulman Photography. 

<p>Ro Boddie (Lincoln) and Yao Dogbe (Booth) in <em>Topdog/Underdog. </em>Photo by Margot Schulman Photography. </p>

Ro Boddie (Lincoln) and Yao Dogbe (Booth) in Topdog/Underdog. Photo by Margot Schulman Photography. 

<p>Ro Boddie (Lincoln) in <em>Topdog/Underdog. </em>Photo by Margot Schulman Photography. </p>

Ro Boddie (Lincoln) in Topdog/Underdog. Photo by Margot Schulman Photography. 

<p>Ro Boddie (Lincoln) and Yao Dogbe in <em>Topdog/Underdog. </em>Photo by Margot Schulman Photography. </p>

Ro Boddie (Lincoln) and Yao Dogbe in Topdog/Underdog. Photo by Margot Schulman Photography.