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Written by August Wilson and Directed by Anthony Bean. The creative team includes: Dane Rhodes (scenic), Vic Woodward (scenic and lighting), Ms. B (costumes), Staci Tolliver (stage manager), and Michelle Briscoe-Long (production manager).
New Orleans, La. August 22, 2014
14 years have come and gone since the Anthony Bean Community Theater completed Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner August Wilson's Century Cycle, becoming one of three theaters to do so. Staying true to its August in September Series, the Anthony Bean Community Theater presents August Wilson's Two Trains Running. Artistic Director Anthony Bean says Two Trains Running was the first play of the series that we produced at ABCT in 2001. It's only natural that we hit replay and begin with the play that whets our appetite for August Wilsons brilliant works. Two Trains Running is the powerful, often funny, always compassionate story of ordinary people who find community and hope in a Pittsburgh diner amid the turbulent political upheaval and social change of the 1960s. It is the seventh in Wilsons 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle, chronicling the lives of African-Americans in each decade of the 20th century.
In 1969, the Hill District of Pittsburgh is gentrifying, while the regulars at a popular local diner grind out an existence against the backdrop of a turbulent world. Memphis Lee looks to prevent the demolition of his restaurant in the face of a municipal project, while across the street Mr. West, the local funeral director, has more business than he can handle. It takes a newcomer named Sterling a young convict with a heart that lives up to his name to change the rules of the game. Unknowingly, the regulars take up a fight that carries them head on into the Civil Rights Movement. Two Trains Running is an inspiring story about the protest that changed a nation.
The Wilsonian Actors performing will be Will Williams as Memphis, Coti Sterling Gayles as Risa, Harold X. Evans as Hambone, Roscoe Reddix Jr. as Sterling. The cast also includes Zaria Griffin as West, Alphe Williams as Holloway and Dwight E. Clay as Wolf.Starring