A Heritage Theater Ensemble Production

by Suzan-Lori Parks

Poster of Topdog/Underdog

“They say the clothes make the man. All day long I wear that getup. But that dont make me who I am….” –Lincoln, Topdog/Underdog 

When Lonny was killed, Lincoln vowed to never hustle again. Now, he works as an Abraham Lincoln impersonator at a local arcade; visitors pay to shoot him. Daily, he reenacts death. His younger brother watches his every move. A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity is Suzan-Lori Parks’ 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning play on the way we are defined by history. The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two Black brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Trapped in a vicious cycle of trying to survive, Lincoln and Booth wrestle with pride and fate. Haunted by the past, they are forced to confront the shattering reality of their future. 

Produced by Heritage Theater Ensemble, Yale’s Premier Black Undergraduate Theater Company.

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Media and Downloads

PDF icon side_4-booth_.pdf (.pdf - 28.17KB)
PDF icon side_2-lincoln_.pdf (.pdf - 23.28KB)
PDF icon side_1-booth_.pdf (.pdf - 24.80KB)
PDF icon side_6-lincoln_.pdf (.pdf - 56.33KB)
PDF icon side_5_-lincoln_.pdf (.pdf - 22.34KB)

Performance Dates & Times

October 26, 2017 - 8:00pm

October 27, 2017 - 8:00pm

October 28, 2017 - 2:00pm

October 28, 2017 - 8:00pm



Venue Accessibility: 
Contact the email listed above or the producer for inquiries regarding accessibility.

Patron Information

Patrons should arrive at the theater 15 minutes before the performance to claim their reservation. At the scheduled performance time, patrons will be let in off of the waitlist based on when they signed up on the YDC website. Patrons with reservations arriving after this time will be treated as if they are at the top of the waitlist.


Production Team

Lighting Designer
Props Designer
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Stage Manager