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Two Trains Running

Two Trains Running

by August Wilson

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Set during the civil rights movement, at the lunch counter of Memphis Lee’s diner.


Set during the civil rights movement, at the lunch counter of Memphis Lee’s diner.

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Ray Olson
With this play Wilson reaches the halfway mark in his labors to dramatically limn, one-decade-per-play, twentieth-century black American life. The fifth in the cycle, it is set in 1969 in a commercial-residential part of Pittsburgh slated to fall to a redevelopment scheme; specifically, in a soul-food restaurant run by Memphis Lee and habituated by a collection of characters including, besides Lee and his young cook-washer-waitress Risa, undertaker West (the richest local businessman), just-released convict Sterling, numbers runner Wolf, new Social Security applicant Holloway, and Hambone, a gentle madman preoccupied by the ham he feels the local butcher, a white man, owes him but has never delivered. These six men and one woman exemplify as many ways of living with white oppression and their own personal demons, and their collisions of temperament and motive are as vital and moving as any in American drama.

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Meet the Author

August Wilson is a major American playwright whose work has been consistently acclaimed as among the finest of the American theater. His first play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best new play of 1984-85. His second play, Fences, won numerous awards for best play of the year, 1987, including the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Joe Turner's Come and Gone, his third play, was also voted best play of 1987-88 by the New York Drama Critics' Circle. In 1990, Wilson was awarded his second Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson.

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