About PlayMakers Ground Floor

At the heart of every theatrical production, regardless of scope, are the artists who posit questions about the human experience. PlayMakers Ground Floor is an occasional series that engages our graduate company in material chosen (and sometimes written) specifically for them. These studio productions focus on the actors and the marrow of their process, and are led by insightful and resourceful directors.


Topdog/Underdog

Topdog/Underdog

A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity is Suzan-Lori Parks’ latest riff on the way we are defined by history. The play 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.

Featuring Tristan Parks as Booth and Brandon Haynes as Lincoln.

Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize.


CONTENT WARNING: Due to explicit language and sexual content, we recommend this production for audiences 16 and older.

“…an utterly mesmerizing evening of theater…the vitality, freshness and gritty lyricism of Parks’ writing are unlike anything to be heard on a Broadway Stage…” —Variety.

“…[a] vibrant comic drama of shifting identity and betrayal…from the ferociously talented author of In the Blood and The America Play…” —NY Times.

“The issues are gripping, the characters are dynamite…a must-see play.” —BackStage.