Columbia College Chicago Theatre and Music Dept. Alums Bring Invictus Theatre’s ‘Topdog/Underdog’ to the Stage Feb. 13-March 31

Alumni and faculty of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department and Columbia College Chicago Music Department are in the cast and creative team of Invictus Theatre Company’s production of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog, running February 13 through March 31 at Windy City Playhouse, 3014 West Irving Park Road, Chicago. For tickets, click here.

Aaron Reese Boseman

Columbia College alum Aaron Reese Boseman12, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Directing program, directs the production. Boseman is also a Columbia College Theatre Department faculty member.

Mikha’el Amin in “Topdog/Underdog.” (Photo: Aaron Reese Boseman)

The show’s two-man cast features Mikha’el Amin, a former student in the Columbia College Theatre Department’s Acting program, who previously played Walter Lee Younger in Invictus Theatre’s 2020 production of A Raisin in the Sun, which was also directed by Boseman.

Kevin Rolfs

The show’s scenic designer and technical director is Columbia College alum ege alums Kevin Rolfs ’17, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Theatre Design. Columbia College alum Josiah Croegaert ’21, also a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Theatre Design and Technology, is the lighting co-designer.

Rooney G

Petter Wahlbäck

Columbia College alum Rooney G ’22, who graduated with a double BA in Theatre Directing from the Theatre Department and Entertainment Industry Marketing from the Columbia College Chicago Business and Entrepreneurship Department, is the show’s stage manager. And Columbia College alum and faculty member Petter Wahlbäck ’00, MFA ’08, a graduate of the Columbia College Chicago Music Department’s BA Program in Music Composition and MFA Program in Music Composition for the Screen, is the show’s sound designer.

Topdog/Underdog is a darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity and the way we are defined by history. Lincoln and Booth are two brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by the past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of their future.