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Rereleased in time for its first Broadway run, Jitney is the seventh in Wilsons 10-play cycle on the black experience in 20th century America
Only one of the plays in two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilsons masterful The American Century Cycle has never been seen on Broadway?until now. In his preface to this Broadway edition of Jitney, director Ruben Santiago-Hudson writes: There had been nine jewels placed in August Wilsons formidable crown, each had changed the landscape of Broadway in their respective seasons. Until now, only one gem was missing. With this production of Jitney at the Manhattan Theatre Clubs Samuel J. Friedman Theatre the final gem is in place.
Set in the 1970s, this richly textured piece follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city threatens to board up the business and the bosss son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last.
In addition to the essential and insightful preface by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, this edition boasts production stills from the Manhattan Theatre Clubs Broadway production, directed by Santiago-Hudson and featuring Harvy Blanks, Anthony Chisholm, Brandon J. Dirden, Andr Holland, Carra Patterson, Michael Potts, Keith Randolph Smith, Ray Anthony Thomas, and John Douglas Thompson.9 b&w photographs