Dramatic Repertory Company On Stage

Topdog/Underdog
TOPDOG/UNDERDOG
Performance Times

Thurs. Oct 25 @7:30pm
Fri. Oct 26 @7:30pm
Sat. Oct 27 @7:30pm
Sun. Oct 28 @2pm

Wed. Oct 31 @7:30pm**
Thurs. Nov 1 @7:30pm
Fri. Nov 2 @7:30pm
Sat. Nov 3 @7:30pm
Sun. Nov 4 @7:30pm

** Discount Wednesdays

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Bari RobinsonBari Robinson (Lincoln). Bari is beyond thrilled to be a part of this production! Thank you Keith and James and the entire team. Maine credits include: Six Degrees of Separation, Enemy of the People, Shakespeare's Villains (self-designed), The Tempest, The Snow Queen, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and Twelfth Night with the Freeport Shakespeare Festival. New York Credits: Blood Knot, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Henry VI part III, FringeNYC, and others. MFA Columbia University. BA Bowdoin College.



J.H. Smith IIIJ.H. Smith III* (Booth). Regional credits: Comedy of Errors, Is He Dead?, Misalliance (Theater at Monmouth), Angels in America: Parts I & II (Lester Martin Theater), Superior Donuts (Dorset Theater Festival). New York credits: The Tempest (Target Margin/HERE), Killing John Grisham (FringeNYC), and readings/workshops with New York Theatre Workshop, LAByrinth, Red Bull, New Dramatists, The Public, Manhattan Theatre Club, and The Lark. TV: "Law & Order: SVU." Much love to Keith, Bari, and everyone that made this possible!



Suzan-Lori Parks (Playwright) Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most exciting and acclaimed playwrights in American drama today. She is the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for the Broadway hit Topdog/Underdog and is a MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient. She has also been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is recipient of a Lila-Wallace Reader's Digest Award, a CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts (Drama) for 1996, a Guggenheim Foundation Grant and and is an alumnae of New Dramatists. Her work is the subject of the PBS film "The Topdog Diaries." Suzan-Lori Parks’ talks are part performance, part storytelling – always high energy, with an inspired sense of humor. Her works include Topdog/Underdog, The Book of Grace, In the Blood (2000 Pulitzer Prize finalist), Venus (1996 OBIE Award), The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, The Wars, Part 1: The Union of My Confederate Parts, Fucking A, Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (1990 OBIE Award for Best New American Play), and The America Play.


KEITH POWELL BEYLAND (Director) Recently directed the critically-acclaimed DRC productions of Tigers Be Still, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Life During Wartime and Blue/Orange. Keith spent the last two decades working on and off Broadway with respected organizations like Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre Company (NY), The New Group, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Irondale Ensemble Project. He directed The Waiting Room, Insomniac, Throwing It Together and Inamorata in New York and And The Same in the Berkshires. Keith studied with Athol Fugard, John Patrick Shanley, Paula Vogel, Maria Irene Fornes, Anne Hamburger, Carey Perloff and Venable Herndon, among others. He holds a degree with Honors from the Dramatic Writing Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

STACEY KOLOSKI (Scenic Design). Recent set/scenic painting credits include The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Late Henry Moss, The Goat (with Adam Gutgsell) - all for Mad Horse Theater Company; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Birthday Party -- both for Acorn Productions; and The Seafarer for AIRE. Stacey studied production design and playwriting at Susquehanna University, and is a proud co-owner of STAGES: The Performing Arts Academy for Kids, located in South Portland.

MICHAELA WIRTH (Lighting Design). Rarely seen in the full light of day, this designer is delighted to be working once again with DRC. When not in the darkness of the theatre, she can often be found in the darkness of the projection booth of the Nicklelodeon... planning the lights for the next DRC show!

Travis M. Grant (Costume Designer in Residence) Previous Shows with DRC: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Travis is an accomplished costume designer and the recipient of the 2008 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region I Barbizon National Design Award for Excellence in Costume Design for the Maine premiere of Last Easter (University of Southern Maine). Other design credits include: Gypsy (City Theater, Biddeford); Side Show (Portland Players); The Wedding Singer (University of New England); The Wild Party (University of Southern Maine School of Music), Enchanted April (Oxford Hills Music & Performing Arts Association); Inook and the Sun (USM); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Maine Premiere, USM School of Music); Moonchildren (USM); The Full Monty; Leading Ladies (New England Premiere) (Arundel Barn Playhouse); The Full Monty (Portland Players); The Full Monty; The House of Frankenstein; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Godspell; Play On! (Waldo Theatre, Inc.) and many more. Travis has had the great pleasure of working as a costume technician for such local companies as Maine State Music Theater, Maine State Music Theater Costume Rentals and Portland Players.

CHRIS FITZE (Sound Design) is very pleased to be working with the DRC! Over the past 20 years, Chris has designed shows for several different venues including: Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Children's Theater of Maine, St. Lawrence Performing Arts Center, and Portland Stage Company. He is Technical Director at Morse High School in Bath where he oversees a crew of 30 kids. He also designs and builds sets. Chris works days at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine as a member of their Exhibits/ Operations team. He send his love to Jessica, Martin, and Arthur.

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract




OCT. 25 - NOV. 4, 2012


“AN INNOVATIVE, ASTUTE
PRODUCTION WITH
ENGROSSING
PERFORMANCES!

Robinson is enthralling!
Smith III captivates the audience!”

- Maine Sunday Telegram, October 28, 2012
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“EXCELLENT!
Robinson and Smith III
make volatile electricity.

Smart. Ambitious. Provocative.”
- Portland Phoenix, November 2, 2012
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TOPDOG/UNDERDOG
by Suzan-Lori Parks
directed by Keith Powell Beyland


with Bari Robinson
and J.H. Smith III


WINNER OF THE 2002
PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA


This electrifying drama about the gritty lives of two street savvy hustlers resonated through the theatre world. Lincoln and Booth bear the weight of black history—and the names of white men, given to them by their father as a joke before he (like their mother) walked away. Left to their wiles and their bravado, the brothers never stop conning the suckers on the street and, ultimately, each other in this darkly funny hit about family grievances, wounds—and healing.


“...an utterly mesmerizing evening of theater...the vitality, freshness and gritty lyricism of Parks' writing are unlike anything to be heard on a Broadway Stage...”
- Variety

“...[a] vibrant comic drama of shifting identity and betrayal...from the ferociously talented author of In the Blood and The America Play...”
- New York Times

“The issues are gripping, the characters are dynamite...a must-see play.”
- BackStage




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