Steel Curtain coaster has another fan in actress Viola Davis
List Viola Davis among fans of Kennywood’s new Steel Curtain roller coaster.
After taking a spin (or nine) Sunday, the Academy Award-winning actress tweeted that the two-minute, 76-mph ride with nine inversions is “awesome.”
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) July 28, 2019
I am so glad you had a fantastic time. I rode Steel Curtain last week. Still can't believe I did 9 inversions. It was a blast.
— Emmanuel Parks (@RanEmmanuel) July 28, 2019
Davis is in town to film an adaptation of the late Pittsburgh playwright August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” for Netflix. Her co-star is Chadwick Boseman, T’Challa from Marvel’s blockbuster movie, “Black Panther.”
I'll be watching you @violadavis and @chadwickboseman filming on #WoodStreet in #Wilkinsburg very nearly of my apt at, hopefully getting you guys an autograph 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻😍😍😍 By the way I'm Deaf 😁 #Netflix #MaRainey pic.twitter.com/u0YWka9STj
— AJ (@AjLess85) July 29, 2019
“Ma Rainey” is one of 10 plays in Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle” — although it’s the only one not set in Pittsburgh. Taking place in Chicago in the 1920s, the play tracks tensions that arise in a recording studio among the title character, her white agent and producer, her entourage and the other musicians.
The play won the 1985 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play.
Davis won her Oscar for the 2016 film adaptation of another Wilson play, “Fences.”
Looks like she’s getting a warm Western Pennsylvania welcome.
My wife is a huge fan!! Will you have dinner with us ?
— Rick Blaker (@BlakerRick) July 29, 2019
I love you so much! I must meet you while you’re here 😂
— Cameron (@_CameronWarner) July 29, 2019
The Steel Curtain has set records as Pennsylvania’s tallest roller coaster and for having North America’s most inversions and for having the world’s tallest inversion.
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .