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topdog-underdog copyTopdog/Underdog at Theatre Cafe February 16

This best-in-show play won the Pulitzer

Join us February 16  at 7pm for an informal evening at Hava Java Cafe as actors read Topdog/Underdog.

Suzan-Lori Parks in a moment of joy
Suzan-Lori Parks in a moment of joy

The play, by Suzan-Lori Parks, follows the sibling rivalry of two African-American brothers, Lincoln (late 30s) and Booth (early 30s), living together as they cope with women, hustling, work, and their troubled upbringing. After their parents deserted the boys at 16 and 11, they depended on each other. To support themselves now, Lincoln has taken a job as an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, while Booth tries to become a card shark at three-card monte.

Parks has received numerous awards for Topdog/Underdog, becoming the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize (2002) for drama. Associated Press critic Michael Kuchwara described Parks’ use of language in the play as “strong, rhythmic, almost poetic but still grounded in everyday existence.”

Anna Russell, who directs the reading, calls the play “a very powerful story about social issues and divides [written] in a way that is accessible yet unconventional.”  The play is part of the Valley-wide Voices of Conscience series.

Arts & Access logoWHEN:  Tuesday, February 16, 7pm

WHERE: Hava Java, 526 N. 19th St., Allentown

ADMISSION: $5, suggested donation

As spoken word events,  Theatre Cafe readings are suitable for patrons with vision impairment.  For more arts events in the Valley accessible to patrons with disabilities, click on the Arts & Access logo.

New APT Artistic Director—Anna Russell

1726104286_workshoppedAnna Russell has joined APT as Artistic Director.  “There is a word,” she says of her vision, “for art that looks beyond itself toward a higher truth on behalf of the people: public.  Allentown Public Theatre has been committed to creating high-quality art that not only pushes boundaries and ‘makes people talk,’ but is also accessible to all.

“As Artistic Director, I will continue to strengthen our commitment to this mission. We will stretch ourselves creatively, we will engage difficult issues, and we will never lose touch with the public we intend to serve. As director Anne Bogart has said, theatre is a ‘gym for the soul;’ so let’s both, artist and audience alike, begin the work-out.”

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