August Wilson’s Jitney

March 19-April 3, 2011

Postcard design by Michael C. Malbrough

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Producer – Lanie Zipoy/The Gallery Players
Director – Gregory Simmons
Scenic Designer – Brian Ireland
Costume Designer – Sara Baldocchi
Lighting Designer – Porsche McGovern
Sound Designer – Ted Pallas
Stage Manager – Tamesis Eve Batiste*
Asst Stage Manager – Katie K. Chai
Casting Director – Destiny Lilly
Associate Producer – Steven Cunningham

Director Gregory Simmons and actors Kwaku Driskell, Lawrence James, and Lawrence Winslow talk about Jitney, August Wilson, and The Gallery Players.

The Cast

Becker – Lawrence James*
Turnbo – Terrence Charles Rodgers*
Doub – Lawrence Winslow*
Booster – Gil Charleston
Fielding – Kwaku Driskell*
Youngblood – Franck Juste
Rena – Iman Richardson
Shealy – Barry L. Johnson
Philmore – Ivan Moore*
*appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

(l to r) Terrence Charles Rodgers and Franck Juste in August Wilson’s Jitney. Photo by Bella Muccari.

Set in 1977 in the Hill District of Pittsburgh that is served by a makeshift taxi company, August Wilson’s Jitney is a beautiful addition to the author’s decade-by-decade cycle of plays about the black American experience in the twentieth century. The men who drive gypsy cabs, or “jitneys,” strive to find honor and accomplishment in a harsh world. When the station owner’s estranged son returns from prison, their reunion unleashes two decades of brutal, raw emotion.

“Explosive… Crackles with theatrical energy.” N.Y. Daily News

“Throughly engrossing, Jitney holds us in charmed captivity.” New York Times

“Comic, soulful and immensely moving.” Time Out

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(l to r) Lawrence James and Gil Charleston in August Wilson’s Jitney. Photo by Bella Muccari.

Performance Schedule:
Saturday, March 19 at 8:00 PM – Opening night
Sunday, March 20 at 3:00 PM – matinee
Thursday, March 24 at 8:00 PM
Friday, March 25 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 26 at 2:00 PM – matinee
Saturday, March 26 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 27 at 3:00 PM – matinee
Thursday, March 31 at 8:00 PM
Friday, April 1 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 PM – matinee
Saturday, April 2 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 3 at 3:00 PM – final performance

(l to r) Barry L. Johnson, Gil Charleston, and Lawrence Winslow in August Wilson’s Jitney. Photo by Bella Muccari.