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August Wilson's

Two Trains Running

By August Wilson
Directed by Ron OJ Parson

May 13, 2022 — Jun 12, 2022


“Easily Mr. Wilson’s most adventurous and honest attempt to reveal the intimate heart of history.” -The New York Times

Amidst the Civil Rights Movement, Memphis Lee’s restaurant is slated for demolition. While Memphis fights to sell his diner for a fair price, the rest of the restaurant’s regulars search for work, love, and justice as their neighborhood continues to change in unpredictable ways.

Two Trains Running explores Black identity in the 1960s with passion and humor, demonstrating why Wilson is one of America’s most essential voices. With his singular point of view, Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson directs the penultimate play in Court’s ongoing commitment to staging all of Wilson’s American Century Cycle.

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Two Trains Running is only available to view live onstage. Licensing restrictions prevent streaming this production.

Accessible performances: June 4 @2pm TT/AD | June 5 @2pm OC |  June 5 @7:30pm ASL

Sponsored by Allstate, Gustavo Bamberger and Martha Van Haitsma, and Neil Ross and Lynn Hauser. Ron OJ Parson’s residency is made possible by the Joyce Foundation.

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In light of recent elevated COVID-19 metrics on campus and in the City of Chicago, and Chicago’s Community Risk Level being changed to medium, Court Theatre strongly recommends that individuals wear a mask in indoor settings when others are present. While the decision to mask is your own, we ask that you carefully consider this extra precaution in shared indoor settings. COVID protocols are subject to change. Please check current guidelines prior to your attendance.

Header: Photograph of Joseph Primes, Alfred H. Wilson, A.C. Smith, Jerod Haynes, and Kierra Bunch (Michael Brosilow).  

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