THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS
SOUTH COAST REPERTORY'S PRODUCTION OF
Directed By Ron OJ Parson
JITNEY is the first play August Wilson wrote in his renowned “Pittsburgh Cycle” which chronicles life in his childhood neighborhood, decade by decade, over the course of the 20th century. Of the ten plays in the “Cycle,” JITNEY is the seventh in the series and is the winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Olivier Award for Best New Play.
It is 1977, and the City of Pittsburgh is eager to gentrify the Hill District neighborhood and threatens to level a makeshift taxi dispatch office that has served as a community gathering place for years. Cab company owner Becker tries to stave off the city from razing his building, as he faces his own inner struggle when his son returns home after a twenty-year stint in prison for murder. JITNEY tells the story of a generation recognizing its mortality while the next one must face its responsibility.
The New York Times calls JITNEY “vibrant…velvety smooth,” and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says JITNEY is a “vivid mix of comedy and passion backed by a solid sociology of men struggling to survive…Wilson excels in the casual, expressive revelation of emotion under the drone of day-to-day.”
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours and 45 minutes (One Intermission)
Full Cast And Creative Team For JITNEY