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Avant Bard to Stage Explosive Dark Comedy Topdog/Underdog

This Community Post was written by Avant Bard and underwritten by Washington Workplace.

Veteran screen actor Khalil Kain will star with award-winning stage actor Louis E. Davis in Avant Bard’s production of Suzan-Lori Parks’s acclaimed Topdog/Underdog, directed by Broadway actor DeMone Seraphin.

The play won Parks the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for drama, and the New York Times named it the best American play of the last 25 years. A tensely funny and dead serious tragicomedy, Topdog/Underdog is a Cain-and-Abel fable for Black America about two brothers named Lincoln and Booth. They have depended on each other since their parents left, and until recently they counted on Lincoln’s grifting to get by. Now Lincoln has gone straight, impersonating his namesake in a carnival where tourists pay to play assassin. When Booth resolves to become the greatest con man of all time, the brothers struggle over how best to play the tough hand America dealt them.

The production runs from March 14 to April 14, 2019, at Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two, 2700 South Lang Street, in Arlington, where there is ample free parking. Tickets are $40, and available online or by phone at 703-418-4808. For every performance, an allotment of tickets are Pay What You Will, which means you can name your price.

Note that this show contains strong language, adult themes, and depictions of gun violence.

Photo via Cleavon Maebon IV.

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