Triad Stage

Two Trains Running


Sun, Mar 107:30pm
Mar 11
Tue, Mar 127:30pm
Wed, Mar 137:30pm
Thu, Mar 147:30pm
Fri, Mar 158:00pm
Sat, Mar 168:00pm
Sun, Mar 172:00pm7:30pm
Mar 18
Tue, Mar 197:30pm
Wed, Mar 207:30pm
Thu, Mar 217:30pm
Fri, Mar 228:00pm
Sat, Mar 238:00pm
Sun, Mar 242:00pm7:30pm
Mar 25
Tue, Mar 267:30pm
Wed, Mar 277:30pm
Thu, Mar 287:30pm
Fri, Mar 298:00pm
Sat, Mar 302:00pm8:00pm
Sun, Mar 312:00pm
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Two Trains Running

By August Wilson

Stand up for what’s right and experience the genius of August Wilson. It’s 1969 in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. The city has big plans for what they call urban renewal, but Memphis Lee’s diner stands in the way. He and his customers fight for survival on the precipice of enormous change. Discover what really matters in this slice of life masterpiece that digs deep into the heart of the American Dream.

From the Artistic Director:
August Wilson (Fences, Triad Stage 2016) is hands down one of the greatest writers our country has produced.  When I first saw Lloyd Richard’s acclaimed Broadway production of Two Trains Running, I remember being shattered by the power of the funny and harrowing story of the amazing people I had met that evening at Memphis Lee’s diner.  This remains my favorite of Wilson’s plays and I know it will shake you to your core.  We are thrilled this production is part of UNCG’s year-long event series “The 60s:  Exploring the Limits”.


First Rehearsal
Tuesday, February 12 @ 12 pm
International Civil Rights Center and Museum
Join us as we greet the cast and creative team, hear about the show, and enjoy light refreshments! 

Book Club: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
Tuesday, February 19 @ 6 pm
Benjamin Branch Library

Technically Talking
Tuesday, March 12 @ approx. 9:30 pm (immediately following 7:30 pm show)
A behind-the-scenes conversation with our director and designers. 

InSight with Hilda Willis
Sunday, March 17 @ approx. 4:30 pm (immediately following 2 pm show) 

Dudley Alumni Night
Tuesday, March 19 @ 7:30 pm
Show your Dudley Pride! Support our work with Dudley High School, our Project Discovery partner. Over 100 Dudley students will see Two Trains Running, and will receive classroom workshops on August Wilson and the play. 

Wednesday, March 20 @ 7:00 pm
A pre-show conversation that offers context and ways to connect to the show's thematic elements.

Thursday, March 21 @ approx. 9:30 pm (immediately following 7:30 pm show)
A free-wheeling discussion with the cast following the show. 

Wine Tasting
Friday, March 22 @ 7:00 pm
Enjoy a treat for your palate before the show. 

Storytelling Night | Theme: Persistence
Monday, March 25 @ 7:00 pm 
UpStage Cabaret
Storytellers and audience members join us for an evening of stories inspired by themes from our MainStage! 

Book Club: The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
Wednesday, March 27 @ 6:00 pm
Scuppernong Books // Facebook event

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“Absolutely loved this production! Amazing play and actors. Another excellent production by Triad Stage!”

Creative Team

Keith Arthur Bolden
Costume Designer
Grace Schmitz
Lighting Designer
Oliver Wason
Sound Designer
Mike Skinner
Resident Movement Coach
Denise Gabriel
Resident Vocal Coach
Christine Morris
Virginia Hirsch
Casting Director
Cindi Rush
Iyanna Huffington
Stage Manager
Terence Orleans Alexander
Assistant Stage Manager
Brigham Johnson
Scenic Designers
Moriah & Isabel Curley-Clay
InSight Speaker
Hilda Willis

Videos Two Trains Running

News & Reviews Two Trains Running


Theater Review: “Two Trains Running”
Rhino Times
March 21, 2019

August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” spotlights the struggles and hopes of seven African-Americans who reside in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The year is 1969 and there is much racial tension in America. In the Hill District, impending gentrification threatens the livelihood of Memphis Lee – the proprietor of Lee’s Restaurant – and others. Inside the restaurant, which is located across the street from a funeral parlor and meat market, the seven characters reveal what they most want out of life and how they plan to get it.

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Triad Stage will present August Wilson's "Two Trains Running"
News & Record
March 14, 2019

In 1969 Pittsburgh, Memphis Lee’s diner — a hub of the predominantly African-American Hill District — is in jeopardy, thanks to an urban renewal project set to gentrify the neighborhood. This is the setting of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running,” which will run through March at Triad Stage.

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Lights Up | WHUP
March 6, 2019

Lights Up! host Wayne Leonard is joined by Two Trains Running co-dramaturgs Virginia Hirsch & Iyanna Huffington, co-scenic designers Moriah & Isabel Curley-Clay, costume designer Grace McEwan, and assistant director Evan Mouton. Segment begins at the 45:33 mark and ends at 59:26.

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