BROADWAY ACTOR RETURNS HOME TO LEAD
AUGUST WILSON’S “TWO TRAINS RUNNING”
James A. Williams, who originated the role of Roosevelt in August Wilson’s “Radio Golf” on Broadway, leads the cast as Memphis Lee in The Black Rep’s production of “Two Trains Running”. The cast will also feature Producing Director Ron Himes as Holloway as well as Black Rep veterans J. Samuel (“Seven Guitars”, “Jitney”, “Crossin’ Over”, “The Wiz”). Sharisa Whatley (“Stick Fly”, “The Real McCoy”, “Ruined”), and Carl Overly Jr (“Torn Asunder”). Jason Little and Travis Banks will make their Black Rep debut.
“Two Trains Running” tells the story of the longtime regulars who gather at the local diner in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to gossip, flirt, and play the numbers. Against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, the diner’s owner must decide whether to let the city take over his building or sell it to a shrewd local businessman. The result is a compassionate and unforgettable portrait of history unflolding around everyday life.
On January 10, opening night, The Black Rep will be awarded the August Wilson American Century Cycle Award by Christopher Rawson of the Pittsburgh Gazette.
The award “recognizes that the 10 plays though grounded in the rich culture of the playwrights’s native hill, have found their true, enduring life in theatres all across the country,” said Rawson, the award’s originator. The Black Rep was the third company in America to complete the cycle.
“Two Trains Running” is directed by Ed Smith, scenic design by Peter and Margery Spack, lighting design by Jim Burwinkel, costume design by Daryl Harris, and sound design by Kareem Deanes. Tracy D. Holliway-Wiggins is the stage manager and Tyler White is the assistant stage manager.
This production is funded with support from Centene, the Regional Arts Commission, World Wide Technology, Steward Family Foundation, and Washington University in St. Louis. “Two Trains Running” is also underwritten in part through a grant from the Creative Impact Fund for Diversifying the Arts – a partnership between the Arts and Education Council and local community leaders.
The production will run January 8 – January 26 at the Edison Theatre on the campus of Washington University. Tickets are available at www.theblackrep.org/, or by calling the box office at 314-534-3810.