About the show
In the early 1970s a group of men make their wages by ferrying customers to and from the Pittsburgh Hill District in illegal taxi cabs, known as jitneys. Their precarious business is constantly under threat by city officials, and tempers are about to become even more frayed when the boss’ son returns from prison. As wheels turn and each man completes his irregular shifts, the delicate peace eked out on the road threatens to spin into chaos.
Casting for Jitney on Broadway includes Anthony Chisholm (Two Trains Running; Radio Golf), Moonlight and Selma actor Andre Holland, Brandon J. Dirden (The Piano Lesson), Carra Patterson (Wit) and Michael Potts (The Book of Mormon).
The premiere is directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, whose acting career earned him a Tony Award for Seven Guitars. Other creatives include Drama Desk and Tony Award winning scenic designer David Gallo (The Drowsy Chaperone), costume designer Toni-Leslie James (The Scottsboro Boys) and lighting designer Jane Cox (Machinal; The Color Purple).
Marking the end of August Wilson’s landmark cycle of plays, Jitney is another example of the playwright’s superlative expression of the African American experience. It begins previews on December 28 2018, with opening night set for January 19 2017.
Recommended forAnyone who previously saw Denzel Washington in Fences, or enjoyed his recent movie adaptation of the play, should book tickets to this later example of August Wilson’s excellent work.
Age Recommendations: TBC