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Topdog/Underdog at The 5 & Dime

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Up next at The 5 & Dime is Topdog/Underdog, a dark comedy by Suzan-Lori Park, opening June 16 and running until July 2. Topdog/Underdog won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2001.

Topdog/Underdog revolves around two brothers – Lincoln and Booth. Their father chose their names as a twisted joke shortly before deserting them. The choice of naming the children after an assassin and his target foreshadows how tumultuous the relationship between Lincoln and Booth would become.

Both orphans, they have relied on each other for survival and company. Now in their30s, both men struggle to make a new life, one that will leave them away from poverty. Lincoln spends his days getting “shot” playing President Lincoln in an odd tourist attraction, while Booth tries to master the con game three-card monte. Throughout their many trials and tribulations, the brothers turn to conning people on the streets, and even each other, in their attempts to survive.

The 5 & Dime’s production of Topdog/Underdog features David Girard as Lincoln and Terrence Scott as Booth. The play is directed by Lee Hamby and Lindsay Curry.

Performances are offered June 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 25, 30, July 1 and 2. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. The 5 & Dime is located at 112 E. Adams St. in Jacksonville.

Tickets are $20. The special Pay what You Want Performance is Monday, June 19, at 8 p.m. Discounted tickets ($15) are available to those purchasing online prior to midnight, June 15. For tickets, click here.