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Topdog/Underdog ()

Produced by

Canadian Stage

Playwright: Suzan-Lori Parks
Director: Tawiah Ben M’carthy


The Berkeley Street Theatre – Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre


September 24th, 2023 – October 22nd, 2023


A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and sibling rivalry. Lincoln and Booth are brothers haunted by their past – as well as their names. When Lincoln gets a gig impersonating his namesake, Booth takes over his brother’s old racket as a three-card monte dealer. This beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a tangle of secrets, lies, and one-upmanship, where the stakes get higher and higher, and someone’s bound to end up on top. (


Sébastien Heins Performer
Mazin Elsadig Performer

Creative Team

Suzan-Lori Parks Playwright
Tawiah Ben M’carthy Director
Jordan Laffrenier Production Dramaturge
Rachel Forbes Set Designer
Joyce Padua Costume Designer
Jareth Li Lighting Designer
Stephen Surlin Sound Designer
David Chinchilla Fight Director
David Chinchilla Intimacy Director


Laura Baxter Stage Manager
Anna R. Kaltenbach Assistant Stage Manager
Scott Hammell Card Trick Consultant
Ausar Stewart Voice & Dialect Coach
Daniel Bennett Technical Director
Jillian Wardell Assistant Technical Director
Mary Spyrakis Head of Properties
Chynah Philadelphia Props Assistant
Janet Pym Head of Wardrobe
Kathleen Johnston Stitcher
Josh Vlodarchyk Head Technician
Ben Junor House Technician
Ben Junor Sound Operator
Ricky Boudreau Launderer


Elissa Horscroft Director of Production & Facilities
Lynanne Sparrow Producer