‘Topdog/Underdog’ Kicks Off New Season at Two River Theater

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‘Topdog/Underdog’ Kicks Off New Season at Two River Theater

Published on September 07, 2012 with No Comments

RED BANK – Two River Theater Company launches its 2012-2013 Season with Topdog/Underdog, written and directed by Suzan-Lori Parks.

Topdog/Underdog is acclaimed for its taut theatricality and surprising humor. The play tells the story of two brothers, Lincoln and Booth – names given to them as a joke by their father. The production stars real-life brothers Brandon J. Dirden as Lincoln, and Jason Dirden as Booth.

Each day, Lincoln puts on a top hat and a fake beard and goes to work in a seedy arcade where tourists come for the chance to shoot Honest Abe. Booth is obsessed with a street con game, three-card monte. Striving for a better life, bound by their love for each other, they are haunted by their own pasts – and our country’s history. Topdog/Underdog contains adult language and content and is recommended for mature audiences.

“Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the greatest theater artists this country has produced and Topdog/Underdog is a masterpiece,” said Artistic Director John Dias. “The play both invites and challenges audiences to think about how we look at American history through the charged relationship of two brothers.”

Performances will begin in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 8 and continue through Sunday, Sept. 30. The opening night performance is 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

New this season, Two River has introduced a limited number of $20 tickets for every performance, with no restrictions on when or by whom the tickets can be purchased. Other tickets range from $37 to $65, with discounts available for groups, seniors, students, and patrons age 30 and under. Tickets are available by calling 732-345-1400 or visiting

Two River Theater is fully wheelchair accessible and offers assisted-listening devices and large-print programs at every performance.


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