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August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING

Directed by Dawn Monique Williams

November 25 - December 18, 2022

August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING is his seventh of ten plays in The American Century Cycle chronicling the African American experience in the 20th Century. In 1969 Pittsburgh amidst the Civil Rights Movement and the start of Black Power, restaurant owner Memphis Lee fights to sell his diner for a fair price, as it’s slated for demolition. Memphis and his regulars confront their changing neighborhood, struggle to make ends meet, and strive to step towards a better life. They search for work, love, and justice as their neighborhood continues to change in unpredictable ways. Two Trains Running marks the fifth August Wilson play to be produced by MTC and will be directed by Dawn Monique Williams.

The play will run 2 hours and 35 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.



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November 25 - December 18, 2022


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  • ​Lamont Thompson * (he/him)

    ​Lamont Thompson * (he/him)

    MEMPHIS

    Lamont Thompson * (he/him – Memphis) could not be more thrilled to be returning to the Bay Area. His last production here was the original run of Black Odyssey at Cal Shakes in 2017. Lamont began his acting career in Atlanta with Jomandi Theatre Inc., attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and has crisscrossed the country working for theatres large and small: The San Diego Rep, The Milwaukee Rep, The Indiana Rep, Penumbra, Mixed Blood, First Stage Milwaukee, The Robey Theatre. Lamont has also spent two decades working in television. His most recent and notable credits include The Resident, The Upshaws, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Miracle Workers, 68 Whiskey, Snowfall and NCIS Los Angeles. Lamont could not be more humbled and honored to be playing his favorite character in his favorite August Wilson play. In his own words: “ I saw the Broadway premiere of this show in 1992 when I was in drama school and vowed that one day I would do this show and play Memphis. I only took thirty years but here we are!” My performance is dedicated to all those who “put their shoulder to freedom” whether their backs held up or not, and Miss Nadia who inspires me every day to put happiness at the center of my choices.

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  • ​Kenny Scott (he/him)

    ​Kenny Scott (he/him)

    WOLF

    Kenny Scott (he/him – Wolf) is an actor based in Oakland, California. He attended Morgan State University and was a member of the Laney College Fusion Theatre Project (Más, The Late Wedding, and In The Wound). Recent credits include staged readings with Magic Theatre, Golden Thread, Cutting Ball Theater, BAPF, and Lorraine Hansberry. Full productions with Quantum Dragon Theatre (Ageless), The New Conservatory Theatre Center (Mystery of Love and Sex), The Forum (Sarafael), Idiot String (Port Stories), Crowded Fire (SUBVERiTas, Inked Baby), Z Space (The Institute for Counterfeit Memory) and Cal Shakes (Lear). A company member with the Oakland Theatre Project (Hamlet, Mother Courage) as well as Shotgun Players (The Claim, The Light). He is excited to be making his MTC Debut!

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  • Sam Jackson * (she/they)

    Sam Jackson * (she/they)

    RISA

    Sam Jackson * (she/they – Risa) is a San Francisco-based actor, vocalist and teaching artist. Her works include film, commercial & stage acting as well as live & recorded vocal performance. While forever a student of her craft, she began her deep work at SFSU where she received her BA in Theatre performance. Her most recent stage acting credits include: Cal Shake's Lear (Cordelia/Comic), Aurora's The Incrementalists (Raz/Marteen), Aurora's Father/Daughter (Miranda/Risa), Shotgun Player's Vinegar Tom (Ellen), Aurora's Exit Strategy (Sadie), Shotgun Player's Kings (Sydney Millsap). She is also a company member of Nice Tan Comedy, a queer WOC led sketch comedy group whose work can be found on a screen near you! Jackson would like to send her deepest gratitude to her family (blood & chosen) for their love, support, and moments of sanity in this ever wild life.

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  • ​Michael J. Asberry * (he/him)

    ​Michael J. Asberry * (he/him)

    HOLLOWAY

    Michael J. Asberry * (he/him – Holloway) returns to the MTC Stage where he previously appeared in the production of Fences. Michael was most recently seen onstage in Lear at the California Shakespeare Theatre. Regional and National Theatre credits include Aurora Theatre Company; Sacramento Theatre Company; Orlando Shakes (Orlando, FL); San Francisco Shakespeare Festival; San Francisco Mime Troupe; American Conservatory Theatre; Center REPertory Company; Capital Stage; Artists Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR); Lorraine Hansberry Theatre; TheatreWorks; African American Shakespeare Company and the 6th Street Playhouse. Film credits include: FreeByrd; San Andreas; Chasing Rodriguez, Mr. Incredible and Pals and the upcoming, A Stolen Christmas. Television credits: Chance; Trauma, and Nash Bridges. Michael has recorded voiceover spots for Pixar Animation/Clorox, Pine Sol and Sweetos, and appears in the video games Watchdogs 2 and Battlefield Vietnam. Michael is currently featured in a television commercial for Toyota. Eternal Thanks and Praises to my Ancestors, my Family and my Friends.

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  • Eddie Ewell * (he/him)

    Eddie Ewell * (he/him)

    STERLING

    Eddie Ewell * (he/him – Sterling) hails from Detroit, Michigan. He began acting in the Bay Area and recently completed his MFA at American Conservatory Theater. He has been blessed to work on some wonderful projects, including Ti Jean and His Brothers (Mi Jean), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon/ Demetrius), and Wintertime (Francois) at A.C.T.; We Are Proud to Present… (Actor 2) at San Jose Stage; Kill Move Paradise (Isa) at Shotgun Players; The Welkin (Frederick Poppy) and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Matthias of Galilee) with ARC/ Remote Theater; To Saints and Stars (Ken) with Playwrights Foundation; VS. (Tye) with TheatreFirst; Jitney (Youngblood) at African-American Shakespeare Co.; Pass Over (Moses) at Marin Theater Company; and most recently Gem of the Ocean (Citizen Barlow) at TheatreWorks. To God be the glory.

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  • ​Michael Wayne Rice (he/him)

    ​Michael Wayne Rice (he/him)

    HAMBONE

    Michael Wayne Rice (he/him – Hambone) A graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City, with an M.F.A. in Acting and Directing, Michael has taught acting at University of Missouri, University of the Pacific, and University of San Francisco. He has acted in over 30 productions in Missouri, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and has been with LSF since 2004 as an actor/teaching artist/director. Favorite LSF roles include Trigorin in The Seagull, Cloten in Cymbeline, and Jaques in As You Like It. He played Martin Luther King Jr, in The Mountaintop, a Theatre Bay Area Editor’s pick, Theatre Bay Area Recommended Production, SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle “Go See” Pick 2016, and as Best Production by the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nominee. This is his first time working at MTC, and the journey has been fantastic. 

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  • ​Khary L. Moye * (he/him)

    ​Khary L. Moye * (he/him)

    WEST

    Khary L. Moye * (he/him – West) is thrilled to be making his Marin Theatre Company debut! He was last seen in The Lorraine Hansberry production of Intimate Apparel.  He also starred in the world premiere of Hieroglyph with SF Playhouse. Other productions include the Audio Drama The Flats with Aurora Theatre Company, Toni Stone with A.C.T. , A Streetcar Named Desire with African American Shakespeare Company, and Six Degrees Of Separation at Custom Made Theatre Company. Film/Television credits include The Dave Chappelle Show and Sense 8. He is beyond grateful to be back on stage speaking August Wilson's words! Thank you to all his loved ones who have supported him during these Covid filled times and thank YOU the audience members for supporting us!

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  • Dawn Monique Williams

    Dawn Monique Williams

    Director

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* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

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