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We continue to monitor and prepare for additional cases in Iowa and will adjust the university schedule or classes as needed. Please check our COVID-19 webpage for updates and other information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Topdog/Underdog Performances at Clarke March 5-8

February 19, 2020
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The Clarke University Drama and Musical Theatre program will present Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog.The performance runs from March 5 – 8 in Terence Donaghoe Hall on the campus of Clarke University. The March 5 -7 performances will start at 7:30 p.m.; the March 8 performance is at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $10 for general admission, $7 seniors, $5 non-Clarke students, and free for alumni; tickets will be available at the door.

A darkly comic and contemporary fable of brotherly love and family identity, Topdog/Underdog tells the story of two brothers, Lincoln and Booth. Their names, given to them as a joke, foretell a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by their past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of their future.

Topdog/Underdog opened off-Broadway in 2001 and on Broadway in 2002. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Topdog/Underdog in 2002.

The cast includes Clarke University students Darius Autry, senior Drama and Musical Theater major, and Rashaud Colbert, junior Sport Management and Business/Finance double major. Jamese Kane, senior Drama and Musical Theater major, will serve as the stage manager and assistant to the director.

Topdog/Underdog is an amazing and riveting piece of theater. The performance presented by these two young actors is so mature, so stunning.  Audiences will be mesmerized by the absolutely exhilarating story that Suzan-Lori Parks has crafted!” said Joe Klinebriel, Director and Clarke University Professor of Drama.

Because of adult language and themes, the production is intended for mature audiences only.

For additional information, please contact the Clarke University Drama Department at (563) 588-6550.