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Preview: Two Trains Running

Will Coviello previews the August Wilson play at Anthony Bean Community Theater

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Anthony Bean Community Theater is one of a handful of theaters in the nation to have presented August Wilson's entire 10-play, decade-by-decade chronicle of African-American communities in the 20th century. Referred to as The Pittsburgh Cycle, all the plays are set in the city, except for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which takes place at a Chicago recording studio. The series includes two Pulitzer Prize winners: The Piano Lesson and Fences. This week, the theater returns to the first Wilson play it produced, Two Trains Running. Set in Pittsburgh's Hill District in the 1960s, diner owner Memphis Lee fights to save his business as the neighborhood changes, the city embarks on projects to renew neighborhoods in economic decline and the civil rights movement takes hold in the community. Sterling, a young man recently released from prison, tries to rally the restaurant's regular customers to get involved in Civil Rights protests. The production stars Will Williams, Harold X. Evans, Coti Sterling Gayles, Roscoe Reddix Jr. and others.

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