(Buffalo, NY) Edward G. “Ed” Smith, celebrated, award winning director who helped establish Black theatre in Buffalo, has returned to direct August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running.”
The production cast features Al Garrison, Debbi Davis, Fisher, Hugh Davis, Michael Hicks, Roosevelt Tidwell II, Russell Holt and Vincenzo McNeill. Two Trains Running opens on Friday, November 15 and runs until December 8. Curtain times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8p.m. and Sunday Matinee at 4p.m. with audience talkback following the performance.
Two Trains Running is the 1960s chapter of the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright’s decade by decade saga of ordinary African Americans in this turbulent century. It takes place in Memphis Lee’s coffee shop in a Pittsburgh neighborhood that is on the brink of economic development. Focus is on the characters who hang out there: a local sage, 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 mentally challenged man who was once cheated out of a ham. August Wilson’s dialogue reveals simple truths, hopes and dreams, creating a microcosm of an era and a community on the brink of change.
Ed’s first gig in Buffalo was in 1967 where he traveled from New York and became a member of the Children’s Theatre at Studio Arena. In 1969, he permanently moved to Buffalo and started the Buffalo Black Drama Workshop in 1972. He was a lecturer at the University of Buffalo and worked his way to full professorship before he retired in 1993. Ed has directed at many of the regional theatres around the country. To date he has directed over 150 plays. He was honored to have directed ‘Ossie Davis’ last play, A Last Dance For Sybil which featured, ‘ Ruby Dee and ‘ Earl Hyman.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office (716)884-0279. General admission is $35, Senior/Students $30. Group rates are available. Coupons are available online at www.aaccbuffalo.org For reservations, please call the box office at (716) 884-0279 or stop by the African American Cultural Center at 350 Masten Avenue (716) 884-2013.