by Suzan-Lori Parks
“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.
Performance Dates & Times
October 26, 2017 - 8:00pm
October 27, 2017 - 8:00pm
October 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
October 28, 2017 - 8:00pm