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August Wilson’s Jitney

January 18 - February 23

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Photo Credits

(from left) Ray Anthony Thomas, Steven Anthony Jones, Anthony Chisholm, Keith Randolph Smith and Amari Cheatom. Photo by Joan Marcus.

August Wilson’s Jitney

Summary

By August Wilson
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Originally produced by Manhattan Theatre Club

CRITIC'S CHOICE
"A knockout production! Masterfully acted and shot through with humor." The San Diego Union-Tribune

CRITIC'S CHOICE
BEST OF THE YEAR
"Don't make the mistake of skipping this one. It's among the finest productions of a Wilson play I've seen." Los Angeles Times

A jitney is an unlicensed taxicab. Five tireless drivers in Pittsburgh’s Hill District fight for love, survival, and respect as the powers-that-be threaten to close down their garage in the name of neighborhood improvement. The Los Angeles Times recently proclaimed it a Critic’s Choice, saying, “This is an extraordinary company! A triumphant melding of acting and drama. Don’t make the mistake of skipping this one. It’s among the finest productions of a Wilson play I’ve seen.” The Washington Post calls Jitney “a consistently funny and absorbing evening,” while The Hollywood Reporter asks, “Is there a more accomplished living interpreter of the plays of August Wilson than Ruben Santiago-Hudson? The timing feels ideal to visit Wilson’s inimitably pulsating world with a peerless company of actors.” Contains strong language.

Program

Running time: Two hours and 40 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission.

Production Sponsor
Ann Davies

Cast and Creatives

Cast

Creatives

August Wilson (Playwright) plays include Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson (Pulitzer Prize winner), Seven Guitars, Fences (Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner), Two Trains Running, Jitney (Olivier Award winner), King Hedley II and Radio Golf. In 2003, he made his stage debut in his one-man show, How I Learned What I Learned. He received an Emmy Award nomination for his screenplay The Piano Lesson. Other works include The Janitor, Recycle, The Coldest Day of the Year, Malcolm X, The Homecoming and the musical satire Black Bart and the Sacred Hills. Other awards include eight New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships in Playwriting, a Whiting Writers Award, 2003 Heinz Award, 1999 National Humanities Medal and induction into the Theater Hall of Fame.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Director) is honored to continue this journey with August Wilson’s Jitney whose recent Broadway production garnered several awards for Outstanding Revival including the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League, and the NY Drama Critics Circle Awards, along with six Tony nominations. Ruben’s directing credits include: The Piano Lesson, Skeleton Crew, Othello, Gem of The Ocean, Paradise Blue, My Children! My Africa!, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Cabin in the Sky, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Two Trains Running, Things of Dry Hours, The First Breeze of Summer and Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, among many others. Mr. Santiago-Hudson received a Tony Award as featured actor for his performance in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. He made his Broadway acting debut alongside Gregory Hines in Jelly’s Last Jam. Other Broadway credits include Stick Fly and Gem of The Ocean. The multi-award-winning director/writer/actor wrote, executive produced, and co-starred in the HBO film Lackawanna Blues based on his OBIE and Helen Hayes Award-winning play. The movie received several honors including Emmy, Golden Globe, NAACP Image Award, Humanitas, National Board of Reviews, Black Filmmaker’s Foundation and Christopher Awards. In a career that spans over four decades, Ruben considers opening The Ruben Santiago-Hudson Fine Arts Learning Center in 2014 in his hometown of Lackawanna, NY as one of his proudest and most cherished accomplishments.

David Gallo (Scenic Designer) has designed more than 30 Broadway productions, including Memphis, First Date, The Drowsy Chaperone (Tony Award for Best Scenic Design), The Mountaintop, Reasons to Be Pretty, Xanadu, Company and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Working with August Wilson from 1996 until his death, David designed the premiere productions of Wilson’s later works, including King Hedley II, Jitney, Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf— the latter two of which each garnered him Tony nominations. Other awards: Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Ovation, Obie, L.A. Drama Critics, Outer Critics Circle and NAACP. davidgallo.com

Toni-Leslie James (Costume Designer) Broadway: Come From Away (2017); Amazing Grace; Lucky Guy; The Scottsboro Boys; Finian’s Rainbow; Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; King Hedley II; One Mo’ Time; The Wild Party; Marie Christine; Footloose; The Tempest; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Angels in America: Millennium Approaches; Perestroika; Chronicle of a Death Foretold; and Jelly’s Last Jam. Awards: Tony nomination,three Drama Desk nominations, six Lucille Lortel nominations, Hewes Design Award, Irene Sharaff Young MastersAward and the 2009 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Costume Design.

Jane Cox (Lighting Designer)’s projects with Ruben Santiago-Hudson include Seven Guitars at Signature Theatre. Broadway: The Color Purple; Machinal; All the Way; Come Back, Little Sheba; and Picnic. Recent projects include Amélie at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Othello at NYTW; Hamlet at the Barbican; Roe at OSF; The Flick at the National Theatre, London; and Passion, Peer Gynt and Allegro at Classic Stage Company. Jane is a member of the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company, has a long collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is the director of the theater program at Princeton University.

Darron L West (Sound Designer) Previouslyat the Friedman: The American Plan, To Be or Not to Be, The Royal Family, Top Girls and Time Stands Still. He is a Tony and Obie Award-winning sound designer whose work fortheater and dance has been heard in more than 500 productions nationally and internationally, on Broadway andoff. His accolades for sound design also include the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and AUDELCO awards. He is a two-time Henry Hewes Design Award winner and a proud recipient of the Princess Grace Award statue.

Charles Coes (Sound Designer) is a New Jersey-based sound designer. Off-Broadway, he’s designed: Tales of the Washer King (Playwright’s Realm); Servant of Two Masters (TFANA among others); Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout); For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday (Playwrights); and Natural Shocks (WP Theater). He teaches at the Yale School of Drama and has worked as an associate on many Broadway shows including Peter and the Starcatcher; Great Comet of 1812; and To Kill a Mockingbird. He’s won the Craig Noel Award (San Diego) and the Footlights Award (Milwaukee) for sound design.

Bill Sims Jr. (Original Music) is an internationally respected “Master of the Blues.” He is a 2012 Grammy nominee for And Still I Rise and an Obie Award winner for Lackawanna Blues. Recent theater credits: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Two River), The Piano Lesson (Hartford Stage and Signature Theatre), August Wilson’s Two Trains Running and Jitney (Two River). Mr. Sims was the subject of the documentary An American Love Story (PBS), for which he composed many of the songs for the soundtrack. Other film credits: Lackawanna Blues, New York Stories, Miss Ruby’s House, American Gangster and Cadillac Records. Training: Ohio State University. heritagebluesorchestra.com

Matthew Armentrout (Hair and Wig Design)'s Broadway design credits include Bernhardt/Hamlet. Other design credits include Merrily We Roll Along (Roundabout), Anna May Wong—The Actress Who Died a Thousand Deaths (Mabou Mines), Paradise Square (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Othello (Shakespeare in the Park), London Rocks (Busch Gardens Williamsburg) and A Christmas Carol (Busch Gardens Williamsburg).

Thomas Schall (Fight Director) has worked on more than 60 Broadway shows, including The Front Page, The Crucible, Blackbird, The Color Purple, Waitress, The King and I, War Horse, This Is Our Youth, Of Mice and Men, Romeo and Juliet, Lucky Guy, Death of a Salesman, Venus in Fur, and A View from the Bridge. He has worked extensively at Lincoln Center (Disgraced, Blood and Gifts), the Public Theater (Hamlet, King Lear, Mother Courage, Father Comes Home from the Wars), MTC (Ruined, Murder Ballad), NY Theatre Workshop (Red Speedo, Othello) and the Met Opera (Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Trovatore).

Caparelliotis Casting (Broadway Casting). Select Broadway: King Lear, Hillary and Clinton, Ink, The Waverly Gallery, The Boys in the Band, Three Tall Women, Meteor Shower, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Jitney, The Glass Menagerie, Blackbird, Fences. Select theaters: Signature, Atlantic, Ars Nova, Old Globe, McCarter, Goodman, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage. Current TV: New Amsterdam (NBC).

Nancy Piccione (Broadway Casting) Broadway credits include Choir Boy, Jitney, Heisenberg, The Father, Venus in Fur, Wit, Time Stands Still, Top Girls, Shining City, The Assembled Parties, Outside Mullingar, Casa Valentina and Constellations. She cast the original productions of Proof and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife Off- Broadway and on Broadway as well as their national tours. Off- Broadway credits include Sugar in Our Wounds, Cost of Living, Linda, Incognito, The Explorers Club, Choir Boy, The Whipping Man, Ruined, Equivocation and The World of Extreme Happiness. Prior to working at Manhattan Theatre Club, she was a member of the casting staff at the New YorkShakespeare Festival for 10 years, where she worked on Shakespeare in the Park and numerous productions at the Public Theatre. She cast the American actors for the first two seasons of The  Bridge Project, produced by BAM and the Old Vic London. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a member of the Casting Society of America.

Laura Stanczyk (Additional Casting) Broadway, Off-Broadway and tours: Encores! Off Center, Side Show, After Midnight, A Night With Janis Joplin, Follies, Lombardi, Ragtime, Impressionism, Seafarer, Radio Golf, Coram Boy, Translations, Dirty Dancing, Glorious Ones, Noura, Little Rock, Fetch Clay, Brother Sister Plays. Multiple seasons for Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre, Hartford Stage, McCarter, etc.

Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent theatre companies. Productions at its Broadway and Off-Broadway venues have garnered numerous awards, including 27 Tony Awards® and 7 Pulitzer Prizes. MTC premieres include August Wilson’s Jitney and The Piano Lesson, Ink, Choir Boy, Wit, Vietgone, Venus in Fur, Ruined, Rabbit Hole, Doubt, Proof, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Crimes of the Heart and Ain’t Misbehavin’. manhattantheatreclub.com.

Maximum Entertainment Productions (General Manager) is a producing, developing and management company founded by Avram Freedberg, Mary Beth Dale and Eva Price; and is joined by Managing Director/General Manager Carl Flanigan. Select Broadway, Off- Broadway and Touring credits include What the Constitution Means to Me (National Tour); Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical; Small Mouth Sounds; Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!; The Hip Hop Nutcracker; The Lion; Verso; Black Light; Born for This (LA and Boston); 50 Shades! The Musical; Ivy + Bean The Musical; Voca People; and Colin Quinn: Long Story Short. www.maximumcompany.com

Senovva (Production Supervisor) is built on the vast experience and personal relationships of our producers, managers, designers and technical specialists; SenovvA focuses on solution driven services in Theater, Broadcast, and Architecture throughout the world. Current Theatrical projects include: Freestyle Love Supreme, The Sound Inside, American Moor, Cirque du Soleil — Twas the Night Before..., Audible @ Minetta Lane, Jersey Boys, Only Human, Mrs. Doubtfire.

Events

In Conversation with Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Supported by the Fuson Family

In Conversation, supported by the Fuson family, is an ongoing series of interviews with major theatrical voices of our era. This fascinating evening will cover Mr. Santiago-Hudson’s career as an actor and director, August Wilson and specifically Jitney

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminars

This series provides Old Globe patrons with an opportunity to closely connect with productions both onstage and backstage. A panel selected from the artistic company of each show (playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians) engages patrons in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas and insights to enhance the theatre going experience. Each Insights Seminar takes place 90 minutes before curtain time on the Tuesday after performances begin, and includes an informal reception 30 minutes before the start. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

 

Post-Show Forums

Join us after the show for an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with cast members. Get the "inside story" on creating a character and putting together a professional production. Post-show forums are scheduled after select Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tuesday, Feburary 4, 2020

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

 

Subject Matters

Explore the ideas and issues raised by a production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts, such as scientists, artists, historians and scholars. Subject Matters will ignite discussion, bring the play's concerns into sharp focus, and encourage you to think beyond the stage! Subject Matters discussions follow select Saturday matinee performances. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

 

Open Caption Performance

Open captioning is live text displayed simultaneously to the performance and does not require the user to have any special equipment for viewing the text. Please contact our Ticket Services Department at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623) or Tickets@TheOldGlobe.org to purchase tickets within view of the captioning screen. Tickets for open-caption performances go on sale on the single-ticket on-sale date and are subject to availability. Support for open captioning is provided in part by TDF. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Reviews

“Grade A!  A Gem of a Play, both timely and timeless.” Entertainment Weekly

“A Glorious Production!” The New York Times

"A Must-See! Worth multiple standing ovations." Vista Press

“Consistently funny and absorbing.” The Washington Post

“A superb production!” Los Angeles Daily News

“With this production of Jitney, you’re not just watching a play; you are immersing yourself in August Wilson’s world.  And what a rich world it is.” BroadwayWorld

“Is there a more accomplished living interpreter of the plays of August Wilson than Ruben Santiago-Hudson?  The timing feels ideal to visit Wilson’s inimitably pulsating world with a peerless company of actors.” The Hollywood Reporter