Brandon J. Dirden and Jason Dirden Will Play Brothers in Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog at Two River
31 Jul 2012
Real-life brothers Brandon J. Dirden (Clybourne Park, Enron, Prelude to a Kiss) and Jason Dirden (Fences) will play siblings on stage in Two River Theater Company's Topdog/Underdog beginning Sept. 8.
Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning work will kick off the company's 2012-13 season in New Jersey. Parks (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) will also — for the first time — direct the work, which officially opens Sept. 14 at the Rechnitz Theater.
Topdog/Underdog, according to Two River, is the "darkly comic tale of two brothers, Lincoln and Booth — names given to them as a joke by their father. Obsessed with a street con game, three-card monte, the brothers are haunted by their own pasts — and our country's history." Performances will continue through Sept. 30.
Read more about the company's eight-play season, which includes Ethan Lipton's No Place to Go; William Shakespeare's Henry V; the world premiere of A Wind in the Willows Christmas; and Present Laughter, starring Michael Cumpsty, among others.
Two River Theater is located at 21 Bridge Avenue in Red Bank, NJ. For more information and tickets, call (732) 345-1400 or visit TRTC.org.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.