Two Trains Running

Mar 7 – Apr 19, 2015 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes including one intermission

  • Exceptional”— Chicago Tribune
  • stars — Chicago Tribune
  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • Chuck Smith's stellar revival of Two Trains Running...[is]...among the finest works in Wilson’s 20th Century Cycle”— Chicago Sun-Times

Goodman Theatre honors August Wilson’s legacy with his Tony-nominated masterpiece, praised by Variety as "perfection…[a] work by a writer at the peak of his powers."

The civil rights movement is sweeping across Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1969, but the promise of a better tomorrow hasn’t quite reached all of the city’s residents, some of whom gather daily at Memphis’ diner to gossip about the neighborhood, dream about their futures and confront the brutal realities of the present. Now Memphis must decide if he should allow the government to take over his building or sell the property to a ruthless businessman. In one of his most affecting plays, legendary writer August Wilson explores a time of extraordinary change—and the ordinary people who get left behind.

Group savings available for 10+. For info contact Groups@GoodmanTheatre.org or call 312.443.3820.

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    (L to R) Chester Gregory (Sterling) and Alfred Wilson (Holloway) in August Wilson's Two Trains Running, directed by Chuck Smith.

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    (L to R) Anthony Irons (Wolf), Terry Bellamy (Memphis) and Nambi E. Kelley (Risa) in August Wilson's Two Trains Running, directed by Chuck Smith.

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    (L to R) Alfred Wilson (Holloway), Ernest Perry Jr. (Hambone), Chester Gregory (Sterling), Nambi E. Kelley (Risa) and Anthony Irons (Wolf) in August Wilson's Two Trains Running, directed by Chuck Smith.

  • Two Trains Running Production Photos
    (L to R) Chester Gregory (Sterling) and Nambi E. Kelley (Risa) in August Wilson's Two Trains Running, directed by Chuck Smith.

  • Two Trains Running Production Photos
    (L to R) Chester Gregory (Sterling) and Anthony Irons (Wolf) in August Wilson's Two Trains Running, directed by Chuck Smith.

  • Two Trains Running Production Photos
    (L to R) Ernest Perry Jr. (Hambone) and Nambi E. Kelley (Risa) in August Wilson's Two Trains Running, directed by Chuck Smith.

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    (L to R) Alfred Wilson (Holloway) and Terry Bellamy (Memphis) in August Wilson's Two Trains Running, directed by Chuck Smith.

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    (L to R) Chester Gregory (Sterling) and Ernest Perry Jr. (Hambone) in August Wilson's Two Trains Running, directed by Chuck Smith.

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    A.C. Smith (West) in August Wilson's Two Trains Running, directed by Chuck Smith.

  • Two Trains Running Production Photos
    (L to R) Chester Gregory (Sterling) and Nambi E. Kelley (Risa) in August Wilson's Two Trains Running, directed by Chuck Smith.

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    (L to R) A.C. Smith (West) and Terry Bellamy (Memphis) in August Wilson's Two Trains Running, directed by Chuck Smith.

  • Two Trains Running Rehearsal Photos
    Chester Gregory (Sterling) in rehearsal for Two Trains Running by August Wilson.

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    Director Chuck Smith in rehearsal for Two Trains Running by August Wilson.

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    Anthony Irons (Wolf) in rehearsal for Two Trains Running by August Wilson.

  • Two Trains Running Rehearsal Photos
    Ernest Perry Jr. (Hambone) in rehearsal for Two Trains Running by August Wilson.

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    (L to R) A.C. Smith (West) and Nambi E. Kelley (Risa) in rehearsal for Two Trains Running by August Wilson.

  • Two Trains Running Rehearsal Photos
    Alfred Wilson (Holloway) in rehearsal for Two Trains Running by August Wilson.

  • Two Trains Running Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) Director Chuck Smith and Anthony Irons (Wolf) in rehearsal for Two Trains Running by August Wilson.

  • Two Trains Running Rehearsal Photos
    A.C. Smith (West) in rehearsal for Two Trains Running by August Wilson.

  • Two Trains Running Rehearsal Photos
    Anthony Irons (Wolf) in rehearsal for Two Trains Running by August Wilson.

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Blog
  • Mar 06 2015
    Quiz: August Wilson's 20th Century Cycle  

    Quiz: August Wilson's 20th Century Cycle

    Quiz your knowledge of August Wilson's 20th Century Cycle! Match the photo to the correct title of the play. Celebrate Wilson March 7 - April 18 at the August Wilson Celebration.

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Talks & Events
  • August Wilson Celebration Events

    Saturday, March 07 2015 - 07:00 PM

    Featuring a revival of Wilson’s masterpiece Two Trains Running and concert readings of his nine other “20th Century Cycle” plays, this unprecedented exploration of Wilson's work includes educational seminars, panel discussions and other special events. Presented in collaboration with over 20 theaters, universities and organizations across Chicago, the Celebration is curated by the Goodman’s Resident Director Chuck Smith and runs March 7 through April 18.

    Most events free to the public

  • Artist Encounter: Two Trains Running

    Sunday, March 15 2015 - 05:00 PM

    Artist Encounters bring together audiences and the artists who create the work on our stages in an intimate environment, for a behind-the-scenes look at the plays and the playmaking process.

    $5 General Public, free to Subcribers, Donors and Students

Accessibility

PATRONS WHO ARE BLIND OR HAVE LOW VISION

Large Print Playbills: available to download in Microsoft Word format for all shows prior to a performance. Download the Playbill for Two Trains Running. >>

 

PATRONS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

Assistive Listening Devices: both the Albert and the Owen theaters are equipped with infra-red assistive listening devices, which are available at the gift store in the Goodman lobby. Assistive listening devices are offered free of charge, but a driver's license or valid ID is required as security.

 

ACCESSIBLE SEATING FOR PERFORMANCES

Goodman Theatre has accessible wheelchair/scooter locations in both the Albert and Owen* theaters.

Depending on your preferences, you can use the promo codes below to access special reserved seat locations when purchasing tickets online:

  • Enter promo code TRANSFER if you wish to transfer to a theater seat from your walker, wheelchair or scooter.
  • Enter promo code REMOVAL if you require a location where a seat can be removed for you to stay in your wheelchair/scooter while you watch the performance.

Please call ticket services at 312.443.3800 if you have questions or would like to purchase over the phone. All of our ticket representatives can assist you in finding a seat location to fit your needs.

Goodman Theatre has a wheelchair on site, which may be used to transport patrons to and from assigned seats. For use of the on-site wheelchair, contact house management at 312.443.3818.

*Although the Owen Theatre is a general admission house, accessible seats will be reserved for you on the seating level you purchase.


If you have questions or would like to or receive additional information about accessibility at the Goodman Theatre, please contact us or view a schedule of accessible events. For additional information or if you have questions, need assistance, or an accommodation not mentioned below, please contact 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).

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