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The Last, Best Small Town  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum The Last, Best Small Town
 
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum presents the world premiere of The Last, Best Small Town by local playwright John Guerra. Two neighboring families — one Latinx and one white — live in nearby Fillmore, the self-proclaimed “Last, Best Small Town in Southern California.” Set during the first decade of the 2000s, immediately following the financial crisis, the children of these families come of age, fall in love, suffer loss, and continually hunt for their place in a changed world that can no longer promise them a better life than their parents. Guerra’s play is a striking 21st-century response to Thornton Wilder’s Our Town.
   
Two Trains Running  
South Coast Repertory Two Trains Running
 
As the Civil Rights Movement sweeps the nation, Pittsburgh's Hill District undergoes a transformation. It's 1969, and Memphis Lee's diner is slated to be demolished, a casualty of urban renewal. While he fights city hall for a fair price, Memphis and his customers gather daily to gossip, confront the realities of their lives and dream of the future. Described by Variety as "a work by a writer at the peak of his powers," Two Trains Running revisits a time of extraordinary change and the ordinary people left behind. Recommended for high school and up.