August Wilson's Two Trains Running

by  August Wilson

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 1f

Finalist! 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Drama

"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 Mo…

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August Wilson's Two Trains Running

by  August Wilson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, Pulitzer, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • Finalist! 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Drama 

    August Wilson is the recipient of the 1986 Whiting Award for Drama.

Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Memphis Lee's coffee shop in a Pittsburgh neighborhood that is on the brink of economic development. 

Casting

6m, 1f
HAMBONE
STERLING
MEMPHIS
HOLLOWAY
WOLF
RISA
WEST
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

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Authors

August Wilson

August Wilson (April 27, 1945-October 2, 2005) authored 

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Two Trains Running premiered at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway in 1992. 

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