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Syracuse Stage presents August Wilson's Two Trains Running

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Glorious Storytelling, Humorous and Politically Potent; directed by Timothy Bond

Timothy Bond's previous Syracuse productions from August Wilson's 20th Century Cycle (Radio Golf, Fences, and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) prove that this two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is indeed the voice of a century. His dialogue soars with the music and power of operatic arias and his characters inspire great performances. In Two Trains Running, an optimistic ex-con enters the insular confines of Memphis Lee's diner and awakens a cast of older and skeptical characters to the possibilities of a new era. Set in the turbulence of 1969, a time much like today, Two Trains Running is one of the most humorous and politically potent of Wilson's plays. Syracuse Stage, a professional theatre in residence at SyracuseUniversity, creates innovative, adventurous and entertaining productions, including new plays and bold interpretations of classics and musicals.

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