WSC Avant Bard | theater on the edge
Topdog/Underdog, the Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary classic by Suzan-Lori Parks. March 14 to April 14, 2019.
Topdog/Underdog is about two African American brothers, named Lincoln and Booth, who banter about playing three card monte during their own game of one-upsmanship. Parks encapsulates 400 years of African American history in a Cain-and-Abel fable, where the promise of American Dream gets tested in the deception of a con game. In June The New York Times named this tensely funny and dead serious tragicomedy the best American play of the last 25 years.
Note that tickets may be scarce because of the rave reviews Topdog/Underdog has received and because a few performances have had to be canceled (there was a late change in the cast and the new actor had prior bookings). Tickets for all dates and times shown here are on sale.
A Misanthrope, a new distillation of Molière's classic comedy by Manhattan-based playwright Matt Minnicino. May 30 to June 30, 2019.
A Misanthrope is a brisk, biting comedy about a cynic who thinks insincerity is a sin—but the joke’s on him when he falls for an ingenue who’s more than his intellectual equal. Minnicino’s A Misanthrope is written in slang-filled rhyming couplets, one howler after another. Hypocrisy has never been more hilarious.