Jitney by August Wilson
Samuel J. Friedman Theatrehttp://www.manhattantheatreclub.com/2016-17-season/
261 West 47th Street
Only one of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s plays has never been seen on Broadway – until now. Set in the early 1970s (and the eighth work in the late author’s masterful The American Century Cycle), 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’ son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last. MTC has a long history of co-producing works by this legendary playwright: King Hedley II, Seven Guitars and The Piano Lesson, and is proud to produce this Broadway debut. Direction by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, one of Wilson’s finest interpreters.
First Preview: December 28, 2016
Opening Night: January 19, 2017
Closing: Open-end run
Cover: (l. to r.) Michael Potts, John Douglas Thompson, Anthony Chisholm, Keith Randolph Smith and André Holland in ‘Jitney;’ photo Joan Marcus.