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.

Wilson wrote a play reflecting the African American for each decade of the 20th Century, and Two Trains Running is the seventh play in Wilson’s 20th Century Cycle plays.


  • American Theatre Critics’ Association Award (1992)
  • New York Drama Critics Circle Citation for Best American Play (1992)
  • Clarence Muse Award (1992)
  • Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival (2007)




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