Jitney at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre tickets
Jitney at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre tickets

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About the show

Legendary American playwright August Wilson receives a posthumous Broadway premiere as Jitney runs at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Part of Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, the play originally opened at the Allegheny Repertory Theatre in 1982.

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 for

Anyone 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

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes (including intermission)
Opened: 28 Dec 2016
Press night: 19 Jan 2017
Booking from: 28 Dec 2016
Booking until: 12 Mar 2017

Location and map

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
261 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036

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