Playbill for Topdog/Underdog

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Published by
Playbill, American, founded 1884
Edited by
Samuelson, Judy
Subject of
Parks, Suzan-Lori, American, born 1963
Wolfe, George Costello, American, born 1954
Mos Def, American, born 1973
Wright, Jeffrey, American, born 1965
Ambassador Theatre, American, founded 1928
Medium
ink on paper with metal
Dimensions
H x W x D (Closed): 8 7/16 × 5 3/8 × 1/16 in. (21.5 × 13.6 × 0.2 cm)
H x W x D (Open): 8 7/16 × 10 1/2 × 11/16 in. (21.5 × 26.7 × 1.8 cm)
Type
theater programs
Place printed
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
March 2002
Description
Playbill, volume 118, number 3, featuring the play, "Topdog/Underdog," written by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by George C. Wolfe, starring Mos Def and Jeffrey Wright, and performed at the Ambassador Theatre, New York, 2002. The top third of the cover is the masthead, a yellow rectangular field with black type with the magazine's title, [PLAYBILL ®] above the text [AMBASSADOR THEATRE]. Below the masthead is a white field outlined in black, with a black-and-white illustration depicting a frontal view of a bulldog’s head above the same image upside-down. Dividing the two illustrations is the title of the play, which is also the main coverline, is written in two black-outlined boxes in black-and-white text, [TOP DOG / UNDERDOG]. The word “Underdog” is written upside-down. The playbill website is printed at the bottom of the front cover. The back cover features an ad for Target Stores. All of the pages are glossy and bound together with staples. Most of the interior pages are off-white with black type with black-and-white images and color images. The magazine has fifty (50) pages.
Topic
African American
Actors
Broadway Theatre
Families
Poverty
Race discrimination
Theatre companies
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kathleen M. Kendrick
Object number
2015.64.13
Restrictions & Rights
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc.
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Classification
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Exhibition
Taking the Stage
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 054
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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