August Wilson's Jitney

August Wilson's Jitney

by  August Wilson

Full Length Play, Drama  /  8m, 1f

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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August Wilson's Jitney

by  August Wilson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2017 Tony Award for Best Play Revival

    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.

Reviews

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

Videos

  • Scene 1 from Court Theatre's Jitney
  • Scene 2 from Court Theatre's Jitney
  • Scenes from South Coast Repertory's Jitney
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Early fall, 1977. A gypsy cab station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Casting

8m, 1f
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
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

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Authors

August Wilson

August Wilson (April 27, 1945-October 2, 2005) authored 

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Jitney premiered at the Allegheny Repertory Theatre in 1982. 

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