(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
Requested donation: $10; Members $5
Ethics and the Theater will present a play reading of Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks. Parks won a Pulitzer Prize for her searing, comic, and ultimately shattering portrayal of two African- American brothers who share a shabby apartment and a history of abandonment and defeat. Lincoln, the elder, quit his successful three-card Monte game when one of his partners was shot and now portrays his namesake, in whiteface, in a sideshow. The younger brother, Booth – the names are one of the less cruel tricks the men's parents played on them - is an accomplished shoplifter who wants to take over Lincoln's scam. In the end, they both know, only one can be Topdog.
Gregory Taylor directs the cast, which includes Ishmael Islam in the role of Booth. After the reading participate in a discussion of the ethical issues of the play led by Betsy Ungar.
Entry to our 100-year-old building and meeting rooms is available for most wheelchair users with prior arrangements. Please call ahead [masked] x 107) for setup of our portable system and plan to arrive one hour before start time.