Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1960s
Settings Of Play - Memphis Lee's coffee shop in a Pittsburgh neighborhood that is on the brink of economic development.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Tony, Pulitzer, From Broadway
Finalist! 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Drama
August Wilson is the recipient of the 1986 Whiting Award for Drama.
This is the 1960s chapter of the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright's decade by decade saga of ordinary African Americans in this turbulent century. It takes place in Memphis Lee's coffee shop in a Pittsburgh neighborhood that is on the brink of economic development. Focus is on the characters who hang out there: a local sage, an elderly man who imparts the secrets of life as learned from a 322 year old sage, an ex con, a numbers runner, a laconic waitress who slashed her legs to keep men away, and a retarded man who was once cheated out of a ham. With Chekhovian obliqueness, the author reveals simple truths, hopes and dreams, creating a microcosm of an era and a community on the brink of change.
"Wilson has written roles for actors to love, complete with riffs and full blown emotional arias." - New York Newsday
"The most comic of the Wilson cycle so far." — The Christian Science Monitor
"Wilson's most delicate and mature work." — Time
"Wilson's most adventurous and honest attempt to reveal the intimate heart of history." — The New York Times
Two Trains Running premiered at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway in 1992.