TWO TRAINS RUNNING

Written by August Wilson • Directed by Brian Niece

Producers: Tina Turner, Mechelle Maples-Canady

MARCH 13 - MARCH 29, 2020

ON OUR STUDIO STAGE

In August Wilson’s masterpiece, history unfolds around everyday lives against the backdrop of the civil rights movement. Long-time regulars gather at the local diner in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to gossip, flirt and play the numbers. Now the owner must decide whether to let the city take over his building or sell it to a shrewd, local businessman. Part of Wilson’s trailblazing American Century Cycle, Two Trains Running paints a compassionate and unforgettable portrait of ordinary people in the midst of transformation.

CAST & CREATIVE

Written by August Wilson
Directed by Brian Niece

Sunday, January 12
Registration begins at 12:00pm; Auditions begin promptly at 1:00pm
Where: Players by the Sea Theatre
Production Dates: March 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29

ABOUT THE SHOW
In August Wilson’s masterpiece, history unfolds around everyday lives against the backdrop of the civil rights movement. Long-time regulars gather at the local diner in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to gossip, flirt and play the numbers. Now the owner must decide whether to let the city take over his building or sell it to a shrewd, local businessman. Part of Wilson’s trailblazing American Century Cycle, Two Trains Running paints a compassionate and unforgettable portrait of ordinary people in the midst of transformation.

SEEKING:

Memphis — (40s-60s) Self-made businessman who has seen his share of injustice and discrimination and has managed a small piece of success. Memphis has a hard time balancing his hopes and dreams with his well-earned cynicism. Juggling the injustices in life has made him a little rough around the edges; exacting and unyielding, he has a sense of determination that cannot be abated. Though talkative, opinionated, and a bit judgmental, he only takes what he’s owed and treats people right, as best he can. His greatest asset is his impeccable logic.

Wolf — (20s-30s) A slick number’s runner whose relationships with women are complicated and may be fabricated; he’s popular in the community and always “keeps money in his pocket and a decent pair of shoes on his feet." He carries all the same anxieties with him that any number’s runner would, as he is always either the bearer of the best or worst news.

Risa — (20s-30s) A young woman who works for Memphis in his restaurant and deftly, if not quietly, navigates all the men who frequent the diner. She has a quiet control of herself, her body, and her womanhood, but her need not to be defined by the standards of men and their desires have driven her to permanently scar herself. She cares for the men in the restaurant and has a particular softness for Hambone, even in these moments of vulnerability, kindness, and sensuality. However, she maintains a certain level of autonomy in a world which tries to determine her life for her.

Holloway — (50s-70s) An older man who has a deep understanding of the world in both its natural and supernatural spheres. While one may say he borders on superstitious, his ability to lean on a particular brand of spirituality and philosophy is the cornerstone of his upright personality, creating a way for him to accept the injustices he’s experienced and live a full and happy life. The sage of Memphis’ restaurant, he provides with a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and reason to the characters who frequent the establishment.

Sterling — (20s-30s) Recently released from prison for a bank robbery, Sterling is a complex man whose difficult and poverty-stricken upbringing has created in him a dark sense of entitlement. He believes that the world owes him better than what he got and the only way to get it is to take it. Sterling, like everyone else, is seeking a way to take control of his life and his unbalanced logic often gets him into trouble. He has, however, a deep sense of justice and injustice. Sterling has a clear need to protect those he sees as more vulnerable than him and is willing to put himself on the line for others he deems worthy.

Hambone — (30s-40s) A man whose encounter with the injustices of the world has rendered his mind into a deteriorated state. Despite this, he takes care of himself, as he has no known family. His persistence in the face of opposition is rivaled by none of the other characters and it is this simple, direct, and keen sense of what is right and wrong, coupled with his willingness to work for what he is owed, that makes him a central and important figure in the lives of those around him.

West — (50s-60s) A complicated, wealthy funeral director who has gained his wealth, one could argue, at the expense of others. The people in the community both respect him and are critical of his choices. On one hand, he does a great deal of good for people in their worst moments – treating them with a polite respect. On the other hand, he is a clear hustler who attempts to conduct shady business deals with Memphis and is accused of cutting corners and fabricating fees to line his own pockets. It is remarked that his greed could be motivated by the grief of losing his wife.


Note: All roles to be played by African-American actors.

PREPARATION:
- Please prepare a 1 minute modern monologue.
- Be prepared for cold readings from the script.
- Wear something comfortable to move in. There will be a short movement session.
- A Headshot & Resume is not required, but extremely helpful (and very highly encouraged!) .
- Please provide all known conflicts from January 13-March 29.


REHEARSALS:
Full rehearsals begin February 3
Monday-Thursday, 6:30-9:30pm (depending on schedules)
Tech begins Sunday, March 8

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