Watch Corey Hawkins, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, More Preview TOPDOG/UNDERDOG in 10 Seconds or Less

10 Seconds to Plot

Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II | Photo: Theatrely

Brandon Schwartz
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September 27, 2022 9:15 AM

Who is “topdog” at condensing the plot points of a 20-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning work into less than 10 seconds? Theatrely asked the cast and creatives of Topdog/Underdog, playing on Broadway this fall, to battle it out in the latest entry of our series 10 Seconds to Plot.

Veteran playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’ 2001 play returns September 27 to Broadway, with its first preview performance at the Golden Theatre, 20 years after its Broadway premiere. Opening night of the revival is set for October 20.

While in rehearsals, Parks sat down with us, as did stars Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and director Kenny Leon (who is helming several Broadway plays this season).

For those unfamiliar with the celebrated work, Theatrely is here to give you a primer (from the sources themselves) before you head out to see the highly anticipated Broadway revival. Watch below to hear the team quickly divulge what brothers Lincoln and Booth get up to in this highly anticipated Broadway revival.

Topdog/Underdog had its original Broadway run in 2002 at the Ambassador Theatre. (Fun fact: It was the last production to play that house before Chicago made the move there the following year, where it still runs today.)

Directed by Leon, the production features scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Allen Lee Hughes, and sound design by Justin Ellington. The two-hander stars Hawkins as Lincoln and Adbul-Mateen II as Booth.

The Broadway revival marks just one of Parks’ several works being staged this year, including the world premiere of her new play, Sally & Tom, which will run at the Guthrie Theatre in Minnesota through October, produced in association with the Public Theater.

Hawkins, making his third Broadway appearance with this play, was seen recently in the film adaptation of In The Heights, and has been cast in the upcoming The Color Purple musical film, alongside Danielle Brooks (also on Broadway this fall in The Piano Lesson), Taraji P. Henson, Colman Domingo, and H.E.R., among others. Abdul-Mateen II, making his Broadway debut, is best-known for his roles in films like Candyman, Aquaman, and The Matrix Resurrections. He won an Emmy for his performance in the HBO series Watchmen.

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Brandon Schwartz

Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Brandon Schwartz is a multi-disciplinary creative, with experience as a theatre producer, journalist, videographer, marketer, and performer. He holds a BA in Creative Industries from Toronto Metropolitan University, and previously contributed to the Broadway Briefing and Broadway News.

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