Nancy Medina, recipient of the 2018 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award, will premiere Two Trains Running by August Wilson
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2018 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award, Nancy Medina, will premiere August Wilson’s Pulitzer-Prize nominated, TONY and Lucille Lortel Award winning Two Trains Running in the Royal Theatre, Northampton next Autumn before a national tour. The co-production costs will be supported by a grant from The Royal Theatrical Support Trust.
Nancy was presented the Award by The Royal Theatrical Support Trust Chair Sir Geoffrey Cass and Sir Trevor Nunn CBE at an Awards ceremony at Shakespeare’s Globe. The ceremony was attended by RTST Trustee, and ETT Patron, Sir Ian McKellen and a number of leading names from British theatre.
August Wilson’s widow Constanza Romero, who is the executor of his estate, described Nancy as “an exceptional artist who will direct this play with great respect for the material and a keen eye for how this play illuminates our lives today.”
I am thrilled to be directing August Wilson’s Two Trains Running for Royal & Derngate and ETT. It is about time that Wilson’s beautiful and poetic characters gain a wider audience across the UK.
Nancy was selected from 70 longlisted candidates by a panel chaired by James Dacre (Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate) and comprising judges Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE (Artistic Director of the Young Vic); multi-Tony and Olivier Award-winning director Sir Trevor Nunn CBE; Olivier Award-nominees Tanya Moodie and Samantha Bond; four-time Olivier Award-winner Paule Constable (Associate, National Theatre); and Richard Twyman (Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre).
Nancy is a dynamic and accomplished director and we are thrilled to be working with her on the regional premiere of Two Trains Running. August Wilson’s iconic play speaks directly to many of the urgent questions we face in our society today, it is a privilege for Royal & Derngate and ETT to share such an inspiring and powerful piece of work with audiences around the UK.
Richard Twyman and James Dacre
Set in Pittsburgh, 1969, and the regulars of Memphis Lee’s restaurant are struggling to cope with the turbulence of a world that is changing rapidly around them. The diner is scheduled to be torn down, a casualty of the city’s renovation project that is sweeping away the buildings of a community, but not its spirit.
With compassion and humour, the master American playwright August Wilson paints a vivid portrait of everyday lives in the shadow this defining moment in American history. When Two Trains Running premiered on Broadway in 1992, its production won TONY, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards and was shortlisted for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Nancy Medina was the 2017 Genesis Future Director Award winner for the Young Vic. She is an acting tutor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Course Leader for a post-16 Professional Acting Diploma at Boomsatsuma. Directing credits include: Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), When They Go Low (NT Connections/Sherman Theatre), Yellowman (Young Vic), Curried Goat and Fish Fingers (Bristol Old Vic), Dogtag (Theatre West), Strawberry & Chocolate (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Dutchman (Tobacco Factory Theatres) and Persistence of Memory (Rondo Theatre).
Richard Twyman of English Touring Theatre, Nancy Medina and James Dacre of Royal and Derngate