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Topdog/Underdog won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for drama and was the number-one choice in last year’s New York Times list of “The 25 Best American Plays Since Angels in America.”

"a haunting, gut-wrenching production…with performances by Deaon Griffin-Pressley and Bryce Michael Wood that tear at your heart while pulling out the ground beneath your feet at the same time.” —The Berkshire Eagle

"AN ELECTRIFYING REVIVAL...Topdog/Underdog cracks across the stage like a thunderclap...a must-see"-TheaterMania (Editor's Pick)

"the most dynamic, artful, affecting performances I’ve seen this at its best."-Berkshire On Stage

“REVELATORY...Parks' incisive writing, rhythmic and expertly attuned to nuance and linguistic choices, is given bravura delivery by Griffin-Pressley and Wood, working under the fine-grained direction of Regge Life.” -Albany Times Union.

“an overwhelming piece of riveting drama that is raw, deeply emotional, and must be experienced to be appreciated" -Broadway World

Two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, locked in a battle of wits as quick as their game of Three Card Monte, struggle to come to terms with their identity and what history has handed them, even their names. With her trademark explosive language in this powerful Pulitzer Prize winning play, Suzan Lori-Parks explores the deepest of connections, and what it means to be a family of man.

NOTE: This show contains adult themes and language. Not recommended for children under 16 years old.

Free Pre-Show Talk on August 20 at 6:45 pm.
This new pre-show talk provides insight into the plot and charactefrs of the play to enhance your experience.

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Deaon  Griffin-Pressley

Deaon Griffin-Pressley


fourth season (Sebastian, Twelfth Night; Booth, Topdog/Underdog) A New York City based actor/playwright/ singer originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Off-Broadway and regional theatre include Actors’ Shakespeare Project: Richmond/Hastings +8; Richard III. S&Co: Malcolm, Macbeth; Orlando, As You Like It; Ferdinand, The Tempest; Pisanio +6, Cymbeline; Osric, Hamlet; Lorenzo,

Bryce Michael Wood

Bryce Michael Wood


Bryce graduated from the University of Notre Dame with his Bachelors and was a Division–I Athlete for the Fighting Irish. Most recently he received his MFA in Acting from UCONN under the direction of Dale AJ Rose. His recent credits include, but aren’t limited to: Topdog/Underdog at Shakespeare &

Regge Life

Regge Life


Regge Life directed the 2019 multiple Berkie Award winning production of Top Dog/Underdog, the wildly acclaimed Morning After Grace in 2018 and God of Carnage in 2017 and Kaufman’s Barbershop in 2013. To keep theater going at Shakespeare & Company during the pandemic, he directed Zoom productions of Autumn


Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.