The stars came out this weekend to support the opening of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” presented by Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. Opening Night on Friday, Feb 15 brought in actors Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained, Iron Man) and John Beasley (Everwood, Treme), as well as Joyful Drake and Nadine Ellis from BET’s Let’s Stay Together. On Sunday, Feb 17, New York Times’ bestselling author Pearl Cleage was in attendance, as well as actor Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show).
Two Trains Running is directed by LaTanya Richardson Jackson. The show is set in 1969, the Hill District of Pittsburgh is gentrifying while the regulars at a popular local diner grind out an existence against the backdrop of a turbulent world. Unknowingly, the regulars take up a fight that carries them head on into the Civil Rights Movement. Two Trains Running is an inspiring story about the protest that changed a nation.
Atlanta’s city and local leaders are encouraging the public to see “Two Trains.”
“The arts are essential to the quality of life of our citizens and to the economic and social health of our communities,” said a statement from Fulton County’s Office of Communications. “The mission of the Fulton County Department of Arts and Culture is to insure all citizens’ access to the arts. Fulton County Arts & Culture operates four arts centers whose collective goals are to encourage creativity in communities, make the arts accessible, and provide arts opportunities for traditionally underserved populations.”
The show opened with a preview on Feb. 12 and will run through March 10. Performances take place at the Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, Ga., 30331. Tickets can be purchased by calling: 1-877-725-8849 or by visiting http://www.ticketalternative.com/Sitepages/Search.aspx?catid=Performer&pattern=Two%20Trains%20Running