Off-Book Book Club: "Topdog/Underdog" by Suzan-Lori Parks

Off-Book Book Club: A reading group for classic and contemporary plays.

This month the club will be discussing Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks.

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.

"Parks has burst through every known convention to invent a new theatrical language, like a jive Samuel Beckett, while exploding American cultural myths and stereotypes along the way.... She's passionate and jokey and some kind of genius."-- Vogue

Suzan-Lori Parks is the author of numerous plays, including In the Blood and Venus. Named one of TIME magazine's "100 Innovators for the Next New Wave," in 2002 Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her Broadway hit Topdog/Underdog. She is currently head of the A.S.K. Theater Projects Writing for Performance Program at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. She is also a screenwriter, novelist, and MacArthur "Genius" grantee.

Event date: 
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
Topdog/Underdog Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559362016
Availability: Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 1st, 2001