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Director's vision of 'gritty' Pulitzer Prize-winning play comes to life

click to enlarge Were assuming that this is Lincoln, not Booth.
  • Were assuming that this is Lincoln, not Booth.

Cory Moosman, who has been directing for nearly 10 years, lobbied Theatreworks more than a year ago to host Topdog/Underdog, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Suzan-Lori Parks.

Now Moosman, co-artistic director and one of the founders of the Pueblo Steel Theatre Company, has been working with the cast and crew at Theatreworks, directing and rehearsing for Topdog/Underdog since the turn of the new year.

"It's one of the best directing experiences I've had so far, because it's really good material and I have two of the best actors," he says. "There have been a lot of new discoveries."

Moosman is also excited about having personally met Suzan-Lori Parks: "As a director, you don't usually get an opportunity to meet with the playwright," he explains.

The story, set in New York City, follows two brothers, coincidentally named Lincoln and Booth, who are at odds with each other.

"It's a dark and funny show," Moosman says. "It's gritty and gets really intense not something you bring your 3-year-old to."

According to Moosman, Daver Morrison, who plays Lincoln, used to be a New York actor and then moved to Los Angeles. Ramone Dupree, a local actor who has worked with the Fine Arts Center, plays the other brother, Booth.

The play's production dates will coincide with the playwright's "365 Days/365 Plays" project, in which Parks has written a short play for each day of the year. The stage performances for the project started nationwide in November 2006 and run through November 2007.

Theatreworks is one of theparticipating theaters in Colorado that will present seven plays to make up the 10th week of the cycle.

Christina A. Roller

Topdog/Underdog

The Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive

Jan. 18-28; Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.

Tickets: $12-$25; Visit uccstheatreworks.com or call 262-3232 for more.

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