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Jitney: A Play - Broadway Tie-In Edition

August Wilson

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1449-6
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8

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Rereleased in time for its first Broadway run, Jitney is the seventh in Wilson’s 10-play cycle on the black experience in 20th century America

Only one of the plays in two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s 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 Wilson’s 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 Club’s 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 boss’s 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 Club’s Broadway production, directed by Santiago-Hudson and featuring Harvy Blanks, Anthony Chisholm, Brandon J. Dirden, André Holland, Carra Patterson, Michael Potts, Keith Randolph Smith, Ray Anthony Thomas, and John Douglas Thompson.
9 b&w photographs

"Thoroughly engrossing...Jitney holds us in charmed captivity."
—Ben Brantley, The New York Times

August Wilson is a major American playwright whose work has been consistently acclaimed as among the finest of the American theater. His first play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best new play of 1984-85. His second play, Fences, won numerous awards for best play of the year, 1987, including the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Joe Turner's Come and Gone, his third play, was also voted best play of 1987-88 by the New York Drama Critics' Circle. In 1990, Wilson was awarded his second Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson is currently the director of August Wilson's Jitney on Broadway. He won a Tony for his role in August Wilson's Seven Guitars on Broadway, which he later went on to direct himself to high praise. Other directing credits include The Piano Lesson, The First Breeze of Summer, Cabin in the Sky, and the world premiere of Dominique Morriseau's Skeleton Crew. Santiago-Hudson wrote, executive produced and starred in the HBO film "Lackawanna Blues" based on his award-winning play. The film received Emmy, Golden Globe, Humanitas, National Board of Review, and Christopher Awards.

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