By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Laurisa LeSure
Suzan-Lori Parks’ darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, is also an exploration of 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.
Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize.
"The issues are gripping, the characters are dynamite…a must-see play." - BackStage
"The Best American Play of the past 25 years." - New York Times
Laurisa LeSure is elated to have the opportunity to direct Topdog/Underdog. It is actually the second time she has had the privilege of bringing this story to life. She also directed the Acting Ensemble’s Stageworks production (in which she also played Booth). Other recent shows include Much Ado About Nothing (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival), the world premier of Vindication (Michiana Playmakers), The Fantasticks, Our Town, and many others over the years. She also directs the Drama Club at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral School in South Bend, as well as having written an ongoing series of Christmas Stories entitled The Nativity Tales. Laurisa offers her perpetual gratitude to her family and friends for all their support, love, and encouragement.
Lincoln - Paul Bertha
Booth - Benni Little
Understudy - Jesse Camper
South Bend Transpo
African American Community Fund of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County