Two Trains RunningWho Syracuse Stage Where 820 E. Genesee St, Syracuse When Jan. 30 - Feb. 17 Tickets $30-54; 18 and under, $20 Audio Preview by Paige Cooperstein
August Wilson’s play Two Trains Running takes place at a diner in the largely African American Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. LeLand Gantt, a Pittsburgh native, plays the neighborhood numbers runner, Wolf. He operates out of his friend Memphis’ diner, which the city is trying to demolish. Although Two Trains Running is set in 1969, Gantt says the show brings up a lot of social issues in the current consciousness.
Like the characters in the play, Gantt said, “Some people don’t have a place to live, a place to make a living, and that’s happening right now.”
Gantt also noticed a thematic connection to the current gun debate (Memphis, an inner city property owner, says, “You can’t do nothing without a gun.") and he pointed to Obama’s reelection as a catalyst for continued civil rights discussions.