Film star Don Cheadle and Tony winner Jeffrey Wright will play brothers named Booth and Lincoln in Topdog/Underdog, the latest play by Suzan-Lori Parks, due to premiere at the Public Theater's Anspacher Theater. Previews begin July 10 for an opening on July 26. George C. Wolfe will direct.
The play, which was originally scheduled for March, was pushed back to July, apparently to accommodate Cheadle's schedule, according to the New York Times. Cheadle film credits include "Out of Sight" and "Traffic." He appeared in The Public Theater's 1989 production of Cymbeline.
Topdog is described as a "darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity," a tale of two brothers, one named Lincoln, one named Booth. Their names "foretell a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment."
Parks' In the Blood (a Pulitzer finalist) played the Public in 1999 2000, and her Fucking A will play at the theatre in winter 2002. She is currently working on Hoopz, Disney's in-development Harlem Globetrotter musical. Topdog will be Wolfe's first directing assignment since last season's The Wild Party. The play will have a scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Scott Zielinski and sound design by Dan Moses Schreier.
Tickets went on sale June 15. Call (212) 239-6200.