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.
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.