The Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St., will start its new Season of Inclusion with performances of “Topdog/Underdog” Oct.12-20.

The play is by American playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and premiered off Broadway in 2001 before winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama the following year. “Topdog/Underdog” is directed by Ardarius Blakely and stars Patrick Deal and Calvin Coleman.

Lincoln and Booth are two brothers coping with racism, poverty and relationships, with the possibility of card hustling always looming. The names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by their past, the two confront their future and address their familial wounds in this darkly comic fable.

“Topdog/Underdog” explores brotherly love, family identity and what it means to connect with someone else.

Performances for “Topdog/Underdog” will be held in the BAC Black Box Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $24, $22 for BAC members.

For more information or tickets, call (773) 445-3838 or visit