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TWO TRAINS RUNNING Extends at Arena Stage

TWO TRAINS RUNNING Extends at Arena Stage

August Wilson's masterpiece drama on the civil rights movement, Two Trains Running, will receive an additional five performances during its run at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Under the direction of Juliette Carrillo and in a co-production with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Two Trains Running now plays through May 6, 2018 on the Fichandler Stage.

The cast includes Eugene Lee (Broadway's Gem of the Ocean and Arena Stage's every tongue confess) as Memphis Lee, Carlton Byrd (Woolly Mammoth's Antebellum) as Sterling, William Hall Jr. (Seattle Shakespeare Company's Othello) as West, Reginald Andre Jackson (Seattle Repertory's Well) as Wolf, Nicole Lewis (Broadway's Hair) as Risa, Frank Riley III (Arena Stage's A Raisin in the Sun) as Hambone and David Emerson Toney (Broadway's Juan Darién and Arena Stage's The Piano Lesson) as Holloway.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 202-488-3300 or at the Sales Office at 1101 Sixth St., SW, D.C.

Two Trains Running is generously sponsored by PNC Financial Services Group. Additional support is provided by JMA Solutions. Anonymous support is also provided for Two Trains Running.

ABOUT: It's 1969 and the civil rights movement is sending tremors through Pittsburgh's Hill District. At the center of the community is Memphis Lee's diner, slated to be demolished - a casualty of the city's renovation project. Confronted with a rapidly changing world, Memphis and his regular customers struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson comes this masterpiece about everyday lives in the shadow of great events, and of unsung citizens who are anything but ordinary. "Mr. Wilson's most adventurous and honest attempt to reveal the intimate heart of history." (New York Times)

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Director Edgar Dobie, is a national center dedicated to American voices and artists. Arena Stage produces plays of all that is passionate, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit, and presents diverse and ground-breaking work from some of the best artists around the country. Arena Stage is committed to commissioning and developing new plays and impacts the lives of over 10,000 students annually through its work in community engagement. Now in its seventh decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 300,000.

Photo: Nicole Lewis (Risa), Carlton Byrd (Sterling) and Eugene Lee (Memphis Lee)

Photo Credit: Nate Watters for Seattle Repertory Theatre

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