Topdog/Underdog at The Lillian Theatre

"Director Martin Papazian's production offers plenty of texture...a jittery collage of jazz and rap. ....strong Performances!"

LA WEEKLY says, "GO!" Walton and Murtadha's rugged, emotionally charged performances work the magic."

CRITIC'S CHOICE!! "With unexpected staging and surprisingly subtle strokes, director Martin Papazian elicits sharp performances from M.D. Walton and A.K. Murtadha..." - BACKSTAGE

“Martin Papazian's direction doesn't allow for a moment's respite in the escalating chaos of jealousy and confusion.” - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


Wednesday, Aug 4th 8 pm
Thursday, Aug 5th 8 pm

Fri, Aug 06 – Sun, Sep 12
Fri, Sat 8 pm
Sunday 2 pm
Sunday 7 pm

Show Calendar

$15 Previews
$25 Fri, Sat, Sunday

Special Show Info
Running time: 135 minutes.
There will be an intermission.
Performance includes semi-loud blast during the show.


Elephant Stages - Lillian Theatre
6322 Santa Monica Blvd
(Santa Monica & 1076 Lillian Way)
Los Angeles, CA  90038
Ample Street Parking
Area Map

Special Theatre Info
Wheelchair Access

The theatre has concessions.

(323) 960-7719

Topdog/Underdog, the 2002 Pulitzer Prize Winning Play for Drama by Suzan-Lori Parks, is a darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity which tells the story of two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, names given to them as a joke by their father. Haunted by the past and their obsession with the street con game, three-card monte, the brothers come to learn the true nature of their history.

This 99 Seat premiere of Topdog has received the following endorsements:

"M.D. is bringing an important piece of theater writing back to the Los Angeles community. It's lively, side-show haunting and with word-smithing to make your spine tingle. Suzan-Lori Parks' and her play Topdog/Underdog speak to important issues for LA for sure. Go M.D.!" - Bill Pullman (Film and Broadway Theater Star)

"Having known Mike (M.D. Walton) for years and being aware of his stellar work...this is a show that I am really looking forward to seeing. You should be, as well!" - Michael Ritchie (Artistic Director, Center Theater Group

“an utterly mesmerizing evening of theater /the vitality freshness and gritty lyricism of Parks’ writing are unlike anything to be heard on a Bway stage"- Variety

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