Albany, NY – (Feb. 17) – Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY (BTTUNY) is excited to announce its upcoming and last production of the 2022-2023 season: “Topdog/Underdog” to Capital Repertory Theatre at 251 N. Pearl Street in Albany.

“A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, ‘Topdog/Underdog tells the story of Lincoln and Booth (late twenties to late thirties), two brothers whose names, given to them as a joke, foretell a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by their past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of their future” – Dramatists Play Service.

Performances are March 2-12, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available through the Box Office at Proctors, in person or via phone at (518) 346-6204 Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or online at capitalrep.org.

BTTUNY HISTORY:

Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York (BTTUNY) was originally founded under the name Soul Rebel Performance Troupe in 2009 by veteran actor Jean-Remy Monnay. Monnay was born and raised in Haiti, later moving to NYC at the age of 18. In 1997, he moved upstate and began to get involved in the Capital Region theatre scene. He soon discovered that there were very few BIPOC artists working in the area, and very limited opportunities for those artists to find work. The creation of Soul Rebel Performance Troupe was in response to this lack of access; it provided a home for artists of color, LGBTQIA+ actors, and other overlooked and underrepresented identities. The company was granted 501(c)(3) status in 2011; it further committed to its mission and began to grow its performance season and outreach programs into a more vibrant array of activities. Over the years, the company focused on supporting predominantly Black artists and narratives. In 2018 the company’s name was changed to Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York to better align with this intention. In June 2021, BTTUNY became the Resident Community Company at theREP.

MISSION: Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York’s goal is to foster cross-cultural understanding and to create more diversity on stage and in theatre by highlighting, producing and promoting performance and theatre arts by marginalized artists in upstate New York. We aim to expand the cultural landscape and create a place for Artists of Color to grow and thrive.

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