The Local Events Calendar is reserved for 501(c)(3) nonprofit and charitable organizations. Using the event submission form does not guarantee that your event will be published. Telemedia Broadcasting reserves the right to review, edit, and/or delete any submission. Please do not submit the same event more than once. Events that donate proceeds from for-profit business fundraisers will not be accepted.
- This event has passed.
August Wilson’s Two Trains Running
February 13 @ 3:00 pm
At the crossroads of a revolution:It’s 1969, and change is in the air. But for the owner of a threadbare diner in a dying Pittsburgh neighborhood, the civil rights movement may just be an impractical dream. Torn between whether to gamble on an urban-renewal buyout or sell his building to a predatory businessman, he finds himself caught between idealism and brutal reality. August Wilson’s searing portrait of African-American life in the ’60s tells a complex story of the inner lives of ordinary people at an explosive turning point in American history. Memphis Lee’s coffee shop lies in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, a neighborhood on the brink of economic development. The restaurant serves as a hangout for a host of regulars: a local intellectual, an elderly man who imparts the secrets of life as learned from a 322-year-old sage, an ex-con, a numbers runner, a laconic waitress who slashed her legs to keep men away, and a developmentally disabled man who was once cheated out of a ham. With Chekhovian obliqueness, the author reveals simple truths, hopes and dreams, creating a microcosm of an era and a community on the brink of change.