American Stage Presents August Wilson's 2 TRAINS RUNNING, Now thru 2/23
American Stage Theatre Company kicks off the new year with August Wilson's 2 TRAINS RUNNING. They are excited to present their seventh installment of their August Wilson Century Cycle. Previews are tonight, January 22 and 23. Opening Night is January 24 and the production runs through February 23, 2014.
The opening will include a reception beginning at 6:30pm on January 24 catered by Marchand's Bar & Grille (The Vinoy Renaissance) with delicious delights, an open bar, and live music. Then the Opening Night performance will begin at 8pm. Special Performances: "Pay What You Can" Night - Wednesday, January 22 at 8pm.
In addition, American Stage will be having a Spotlight Series -American Stage Education will have an event series including a lecture, community forum and talkbacks centered around the themes of the August Wilson play, 2 TRAINS RUNNING. Thematic content for the community forum is focused on the 50th anniversary year of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. See below for full details.
2 TRAINS RUNNING is set to the year of 1969, and the aftermath of the riots, Dr. King's assassination, and the rise of the black power movement, a young man named Stirling comes to Memphis Lee's diner where customers have gathered for decades to share their struggles, faith, and hopes. But this diner has been slated for demolition in the city's new redevelopment plan, and what unfolds is Wilson's most compassionate and humorous work about lives in transition, evolving social awareness, and spirits rising.
Setting: Pittsburgh's Hill District, May, 1969. A diner across the street from West's Funeral home and Lutz's Meat Market. 2 TRAINS RUNNING will be presented in two acts with one intermission.
Bob Devin Jones* is directing for American Stage Theatre's production of 2 TRAINS RUNNING. This will be his third August Wilson play that he has directed at American Stage. is a native of Los Angeles has been a Theatre Worker for over 25 years. Since 2002 has worked as a Florida Humanities "Road Scholar" presenting Voices from the Harlem Renaissance. He began as an actor, performing in Shakespeare Festivals which have included the Oregon, Berkeley, Illinois, Idaho, and American Stage's Shakespeare in the Park. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, he also attended the American Conservatory in San Francisco, as well as a one year tutorial at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. For the past fourteen years he has worked in the Theatre primarily as a Playwright and as a Director. As a writer he has received play commissions from Theaters across the country which include an adaptation of Miss Julia for American Stage, The Manhattan Casino, and I Got 'Em for Live Arts, Clarissa Street Reunion for the Geva Theatre in Rochester, New York, and the Millennium Monologues for the Sacramento Theatre Company. Bobs first play Uncle Bends a Home-Cooked Negro Narrative was developed at the New Works Festival at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angles. He has performed Bends at the Cork Arts Festival in Ireland, the New York Theatre Workshop, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, and at American Stage. His directing credits include The Black Nativity and Smokey Joe's Cafe at the Palladium Theater, the Young Dramatist Project at the Gorilla Theatre in Tampa, the west cost premieres of Dinah Was in Los Angeles, and On the Hills of Black America in San Francisco. Other credits include the world premiere of Tommy J and Sally for Woolly Mammoth and Theatre "J" in Washington DC, which he first directed for the New Voices/New Vision Festival at the Kennedy Center. He also directed Miss Julia for American Stage, as well as From the Mississippi Delta, and August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, and Seven Guitars.
The cast includes Bryant Bentley* (Sterling), Cranstan Cumberbatch (Wolf), Renata Eastlick* (Risa), Alan Bomar Jones* (Holloway), ranney* (Hambone), Kim Sullivan* (Memphis), and Wilbert L. Williams, Jr. (West). Bryant Bentley*, Cranstan Cumberbatch, Alan Bomar Jones*, ranney*, and Kim Sullivan* will be returning to our stage. Bryant Bentley* will be playing the role os Sterling who was recently released from the penitentiary. Bryant is from Columbus, Ohio and is returning for another fabulous August Wilson play. Bryant Played Boy Willie in The Piano Lesson last season here at American Stage Theater and now he reunites with his colleagues to do Two Trains. Some of his credits are The Whipping Man, Jackie Robinson in Most Valuable Player (Indiana Rep), Walter Lee in A Raisin In The Sun (Wright State University), Topdog/Underdog (Phoenix Theater), Blues For An Alabama Sky, Cesar Wilkes in Gem Of The Ocean (Human Race Theater), Jitney, Giles Corey in The Crucible (Greenbrier Valley Theater), Five Guys Named Moe, CJ Memphis in A Soldier's Play, and many more. He has done several regional commercials and low budget films, including ABC's "Skin Complex".