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August Wilson’s Jitney

January 18 – February 23, 2020
(Opening night: Thursday, January 23, 2020)

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

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

The American master and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson had a close relationship with The Old Globe, where three of his plays premiered. His exciting work returns to our stage with the production that won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, directed by one of Wilson’s foremost interpreters, Ruben Santiago-Hudson. In 1970s Pittsburgh, the unlicensed cab drivers in a Hill District garage fight to save their business and their livelihoods as their neighborhood gentrifies around them. As the drivers strive to fulfill their hopes and dreams, Wilson’s bracing command of drama and thrilling sense of language conjure stage brilliance. Contains strong language.

Photos

Publicity Photos

August Wilson
August Wilson. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

Cast and Creative

Creative

August Wilson (Playwright, 1945–2005) authored Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, Jitney, King Hedley II, Gem of the Ocean, and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of the descendants of Africans brought to North America, decade-by-decade over the course of the 20th century, and together they form a compilation entitled The American Century Cycle. In December of 2016, a feature film of August Wilson’s Fences was released. Viola Davis won an Academy Award for her performance as Rose, and Wilson’s screenplay and Denzel Washington received nominations. Wilson’s plays have been produced on Broadway, at regional theatres across the country, and all over the world. In 2003, Wilson made his professional stage debut in his one-man show How I Learned What I Learned. His works garnered many awards, including Pulitzer Prizes for Fences (1987) and The Piano Lesson (1990); a Tony Award for Fences; Great Britain’s Olivier Award for Jitney and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; and seven New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, and Jitney. Additionally, the cast recording of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom received a 1985 Grammy Award, and Wilson received a 1995 Emmy Award nomination for his screenplay adaptation of The Piano Lesson. Wilson received many fellowships and awards, including the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships in Playwriting, the Whiting Award, and the Heinz Award. He was awarded the1999 National Humanities Medal by President Bill Clinton, and he received numerous honorary degrees from colleges and universities, as well as the only high school diploma ever issued by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. He was an alumnus of New Dramatists, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a 1995 inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and on October 16, 2005, Broadway renamed the theatre located at 245 West 52nd Street as the August Wilson Theatre. Today he is considered one of America’s finest playwrights.New York Public Radio recorded all 10 plays in The American Century Cycle at The Greene Space, casting many of the actors who worked on the original productions. PBS aired a documentary on Wilson entitled “The Ground on Which I Stand” as part of the “American Masters” series. The recent Broadway productions of Fences and Jitney received Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play. Wilson was born and raised in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and lived in Seattle, Washington at the time of his death in 2005. He is immediately survived by his two daughters, Sakina Ansari Wilson and Azula Carmen Wilson, and his wife, costume designer Constanza Romero Wilson, who is the executor of his estate.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Director) has directed Jitney on Broadway (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Revival), The Piano Lesson Off Broadway (Lucille Lortel, Joseph A. Callaway, AUDELCO, and Obie Awards for Outstanding Direction), The Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage Theater), My Children! My Africa!, The First Breeze of Summer, and Seven Guitars (Signature Theatre Company), Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, Two Trains Running, and Jitney (Two River Theater), Things of Dry Hours (New York Theatre Workshop), Gem of the Ocean (McCarter Theatre Center, American Conservatory Theater), and Radio Golf (The Kennedy Center). Santiago-Hudson was Artistic Director of August Wilson’s The American Century Cycle, recordings of all 10 plays for WNYC at The Greene Space in New York. His acting credits include the Broadway productions of Seven Guitars (Tony Award), Stick Fly, Gem of the Ocean, and Jelly’s Last Jam, and the Off Broadway productions of How I Learned What I Learned (Signature Theatre Company), Lackawanna Blues (The Public Theater; Obie and Helen Hayes Awards), The Winter’s Tale, Measure for Measure, and Henry VIII (The Public’s New York Shakespeare Festival), and Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (Negro Ensemble Company).

Events

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.