It’s hard to imagine that just five decades ago, racism wasn’t just tolerated, but, in some areas, legislated. African-Americans across the country found themselves disenfranchised by the government that freed their ancestors a century earlier. But what is freedom, really?
Author and playwright August Wilson explores these themes in his ten-part play series "The Pittsburgh Cycle." Coming of age in the Pennsylvania city in the 1960s, Wilson experienced the gentrification of black neighborhoods firsthand, which ousted African-Americans from their homes and businesses to make way for urban renewal as developers and lawmakers saw fit.
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Two Trains Running, the seventh of The Pittsburgh Cycle lineup, tells the story of the owners and patrons of Memphis Lee’s restaurant who are caught in the middle of a turbulent gentrification process and push back as much as safety allows in Black Theatre Troupe's season opener.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 18, 2 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 20, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 12. Continues through Oct. 21, 2012