Throughout our lives we have all seen neighborhoods go through changes from urban planning, demolition, and displacement, the effects can last a lifetime and the attempts to recover are never easy. This concept is highlighted in the new stage play, Two Trains Running, from Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. In 1969, the Hill District of Pittsburgh, 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.
See Two Trains Running at Southwest Arts Center, February 12 – March 10 2013
Written by August Wilson
Directed by LaTanya Richardson Jackson
E. Roger Mitchell
Ellis “Skeeter” Williams