Assassins, Topdog/Underdog

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SUNY Sullivan students, faculty, staff and community members will present repertory productions of Assassins by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, and Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks, Thursdays through Sundays from November 10-20.

All performances, which will take place in the college’s Seelig Theater, are directed by Jessica López-Barkl, assistant professor of theater and speech. Both productions are open to the public at no charge. The schedule of performances includes:


Assassins is Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s descent into the minds of the nine men and women who have attempted to assassinate the President of the United States. The play also tackles the complicated journey that many experience towards the enigma of the American dream. During this election year, Assassins uses these themes that are just as relevant today as they were when the play was first performed in 1990.


Topdog/Underdog is a Pulitzer-Prize winning play that introduces audiences to Lincoln and Booth, the names of a President and his assassin, which are given to rival brothers by their parents creating a disenfranchised self-fulfilling prophecy. Lincoln, the eldest brother is attempting to make an honest living dressing up as his namesake in a local tourist arcade. He is known for his mad skills as a three-card monte hustler. Booth, the younger brother, desperately wants to learn his brother’s tricks to the three-card monte trade. The audience tracks their history of poverty and their dance of death to find out who is the “player” and who will be “played”.

For more information about these performances contact Ms. López-Barkl at (505) 270-6220.