August Wilson's 20th Century: Two Trains Running
Thursday, March 20, 2008 - Saturday, April 05, 2008

Regulars at Memphis Lee's lunch counter gossip, sermonize and wax poetic on the stories of the day. Learning the city is to demolish their favorite gathering spot in the wake of urban renewal, these colorful souls contemplate where next to seek salvation.

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About

"One of the most important voices in the American theater"
--The New York Times

Two Trains Running (1960s)
Directed by Israel Hicks

Regulars at Memphis Lee's inner-city lunch counter gossip, sermonize, and wax poetic on the stories of the day. Learning the city is to demolish their favorite gathering spot in the wake of urban renewal, these colorful souls contemplate where next to seek salvation.
--Running Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes, with one intermission--

CASTING
Memphis: Glynn Turman
Wolf: Russell Hornsby
Risa: Michole Briana White
Holloway: Stephen McKinley Henderson
Sterling: Jason Dirden
Hambone: Hassan El-Amin
West: Eugene Lee

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An American icon, August Wilson depicted the human condition like no other playwright of his time. His legacy lives on through his crowning achievement: a cycle of 10 plays chronicling the African American experience, each set in a different decade of the 20th century. Crafted over nearly 25 years, these works garnered Wilson myriad accolades, including a Tony Award and two Pulitzer Prizes. Bringing them together for the first time ever, the Kennedy Center presents staged readings of all 10 of Wilson's masterpieces, frequently dubbed "The Pittsburgh Cycle," as all but one are grounded in the city of his youth.

More than 30 stars of stage and screen join Artistic Director Kenny Leon and six other acclaimed directors for this historic month-long celebration (March 4–April 6, 2008). Complemented with costumes, lighting, and scenery, the plays will be performed in chronological order--collectively revealing Wilson's sweeping vision of the challenge and glory of being black in America.

Artists

Watch and Listen

Acting for August

Contemporary Playwrights: August Wilson Part 1 of 10

Contemporary Playwrights: August Wilson Part 10 of 10

Contemporary Playwrights: August Wilson Part 2 of 10

Contemporary Playwrights: August Wilson Part 4 of 10

Contemporary Playwrights: August Wilson Part 5 of 10

Contemporary Playwrights: August Wilson Part 7 of 10

Contemporary Playwrights: August Wilson Part 8 of 10

Contemporary Playwrights: August Wilson Part 9 of 10

Start with Your Grandmother

Telling History

The Greatest Ever

The Words of August Wilson

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