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Jitney - Full Length Play, Drama

Jitney

August Wilson

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Full Length Play, Drama

8m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573627958

Winner! New York Drama Critics Award for Best New Play and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off Broadway Play.

"Explosive... Crackles with theatrical energy." - New York Daily News

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1970s

Settings Of Play - Early fall, 1977. A gypsy cab station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Winner! New York Drama Critics Award for Best New Play and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off Broadway Play. 

August Wilson is the recipient of the 1986 Whiting Award for Drama.

Set in 1970 in the Hill District of Pittsburgh that is served by a makeshift taxi company, Jitney is a beautiful addition to the author's decade by decade cycle of plays about the black American experience in the twentieth century.

REVIEWS

"Explosive... Crackles with theatrical energy." - New York Daily News

"Could be described as just a lot of men sitting around talking. But the talk has such varied range and musicality, and it is rendered with such stylish detail, that a complete urban symphony emerges.... Drivers return from jobs with stories that summon an entire ethos.... Throughly engrossing, Jitney holds us in charmed captivity." - New York Times

"Comic, soulful and immensely moving." - Time Out

"A transport of delight! So vividly written ... it keeps you steadily amused, concerned and moved." - New York Magazine


Jitney premiered at the Allegheny Repertory Theatre in 1982. 

Characters

CASTING

8m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

BECKER - Well-respected man who runs the jitney station. In his 60s
TURNBO - Jitney driver who is always interested in the bus~ of others
YOUNGBLOOD - Jitney driver and Vietnam veteran. Mid-to-late 20s
FIELDING - Jitney driver and fonner tailor, has a dependency on alcohol
DOUB - Longtime jitney driver and a Korean War veteran
SHEALY - Numbers taker who often uses the jitney station as his base
BOOSTER - Becker's son; recently released from prison. In his early 40s
RENA- Youngblood's girlfriend and mother of their young son
PHILMORE - Local hotel doonnan, a reoccurring jitney passenger
Videos
  • Scene 1 from Court Theatre's Jitney

  • Scene 2 from Court Theatre's Jitney

  • Scenes from South Coast Repertory's Jitney

Author
August Wilson

August Wilson

August Wilson (April 27, 1945-October 2, 2005) authored Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II, and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of the descendants of Africans in North America, decade-by-decade, over the course of the twentieth century, forming the ... view full profile

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