Jitney (play)

Play by American playwright August Wilson.

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August Wilson

American playwright.

Wilson's childhood home at 1727 Bedford Avenue in Pittsburgh
The August Wilson Theatre, New York City

Among these early efforts was Jitney, which he revised more than two decades later as part of his 10-play cycle on 20th-century Pittsburgh.

Marion McClinton

American theatre director, playwright, and actor.

Marion McClinton in October 2012

He won the 2000 Vivian Robinson Audelco Black Theatre Awards, Director/Dramatic Production and the 1999–2000 Obie Awards, Direction, for Jitney, and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award.

André Holland

American actor, widely known for his 2016 performance as Kevin in the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight.

Holland in 2019
Holland at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival

On stage, he has starred in August Wilson's play Jitney on Broadway in 2017.

Curran Theatre

Named after its first owner, Homer Curran.

(2017)
Playbill featuring Will Rogers in Eugene O'Neill's ''Ah, Wilderness! from 1934

Productions that have been staged at the Curran prior to moving to Broadway have included A Chorus Line revival (2006), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (2013), Biloxi Blues (1985), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983), Carnival in Flanders (1953), Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance (2004), Fences (1987), Gigi (1973), Head Over Heels (2018), Home Sweet Homer (Odyssey) (1975), Hugh Jackman in Performance (2011), Jitney (2002), Kismet (1953), La Boheme (Baz Luhrmann's production) (2002), Lennon (2006), Lestat (2005-2006), Magdalena: a Musical Adventure (1948), Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (2006), Oliver! (1962), Peter Pan (1954), Pickwick (1965), Ring of Fire (2006), Soft Power (2018), The Grand Tour (1978), Three Wishes for Jamie (1951), White Christmas (2004-2005), and Wicked (2003).

Stephen McKinley Henderson

American actor.

Henderson presenting at Amherst Central High School on March 29, 2018

His signature August Wilson role is the gossipy Turnbo in Jitney for which he won a Drama Desk Award.

Illegal taxi operation

Illegal taxicabs, sometimes known as pirate taxis, gypsy cabs, or jitney cabs, are taxicabs and other for-hire vehicles that are not duly licensed or permitted by the jurisdiction in which they operate.

A protest against Uber by taxicab drivers in Budapest

This is the inspiration for August Wilson's play Jitney, which is set at a Hill District car service office.

Crossroads Theatre

Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, located in the city's Civic Square government and theatre district.

The Shed, a cultural center in New York

Jitney by August Wilson.

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Broadway theater at 261 West 47th Street in the Theater District of Midtown Manhattan in New York City.

(2021)
The facade as seen from across 47th Street
A crowd in front of the theater for Triple-A Plowed Under (1935)
Entrance
Facade section
The theater as seen in 2002

2017: Jitney

Brandon J. Dirden

American actor, best known for portraying Martin Luther King Jr. in the Broadway production of Robert Schenkkan's All the Way.

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In 2017 he appeared in August Wilson's Jitney at Manhattan Theatre Club, and in 2022, appeared on Broadway in both Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew and the revival of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out.

Willis Burks II

American television, film, stage and voice actor whose acting career spanned more than thirty years.

Flat-screen televisions for sale at a consumer electronics store in 2008

Additionally, Burks' performance in the August Wilson play, Jitney, won him several awards, including a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award and a second AUDELCO award.