Yes. Because the Yeah buddy shirt in other words I will buy this world just keeps moving. We’re just trying to hold on and get back to normal, and we haven’t had a chance to feel anything together. Right. I also realized that putting a character in a work that I make is the greatest act of love that I can muster. When Oskar said “You’ve got to play The Writer,” I realized, Oh, I put myself in a play. There’s my husband on the couch, not able to breathe. There’s my son bouncing around, and I was wrapping a loving shield around everything that I could think of. Strangers on the street, I was wrapping a loving shield around them, strangers on the news—Dr. Li Wenliang, he’s in the play—I was wrapping a loving shield around him, nameless people, the people who voted for the person I didn’t vote for—them—I was wrapping a loving shield. I was realizing that’s my greatest act of love. So when I look at the Topdog dudes, I’m like, That is me demonstrating a great act of love.
Yeah buddy shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
There’s so much love in Topdog/Underdog. I was struck in this production by how, even in a moment of shattering violence—I’m thinking particularly about the Yeah buddy shirt in other words I will buy this final moment in the play—the image of these two brothers onstage is crafted with such tenderness and care. Was this a purposeful shift? As I remember the first production, and others I’ve seen and even directed, the final image is always crafted with tenderness and care and is meant to be received that way. There is a longing, a recognition, an acknowledgment of trauma, a respect for the resilience of the brothers, and a realization that, whoever we are, their loss is related deeply somehow to our own. With Kenny, Corey, and Yahya we’ve created a brilliant production singing the joys and difficulties of our present day.