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Part of the August Wilson Festival

August Wilson's Jitney

  • Credits

    Written by August Wilson
    Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

  • Location

    Kreeger Theater

“Playful and poignant drama is a triumph”

— Guardian

“Joyfully intoxicating”

— New York Times

August Wilson’s Jitney opens Arena Stage’s season-long Festival celebrating the Pulitzer Prize-winning giant with Ruben Santiago-Hudson directing his 2017 Broadway production — recipient of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. The dramatic story of a Pittsburgh jitney station, a symbol of stability, struggles against an oppressive lack of opportunity and unnerving neighborhood gentrification that threatens the way they live and work. The drivers resist powerful forces while coming to grips with their pasts to fulfill their own hopes and dreams for the future. Arena Stage’s presentation kicks off the National Tour of one of this great master’s masterpieces.

The production was produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club in association with Eric Falkenstein, Ron Simons, John Legend/Mike Jackson and Ken Wirth.

Jitney is generously sponsored by Dr. Donald Wallace Jones, Dr. Betty Jean Tolbert Jones and Tracey Tolbert Jones.

Cast

FRANCOIS BATTISTE

Booster

HARVY BLANKS

Shealy

AMARI CHEATOM

Youngblood

ANTHONY CHISHOLM

FIELDING

BRIAN D. COATS

Philmore

KEITH RANDOLPH SMITH

Doub

RAY ANTHONY THOMAS

Turnbo

Creative

AUGUST WILSON

Playwright

RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON

Director

DAVID GALLO

Set Designer

TONI-LESLIE JAMES

Costume Designer

JANE COX

Lighting Designer

DARRON L WEST

Co-Sound Designer

CHARLES COES

Co-Sound Designer

BILL SIMS, JR.

Original Music

THOMAS SCHALL

Fight Director

In The News

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

National tour set for August Wilson's Tony-winning Jitney

Broadway.com

Keith Randolph Smith & More to Reprise Broadway Performances in National Tour of Tony-Winning Jitney

Broadway World

Partial Casting Announced For August Wilson's Jitney National Tour

Playbill

Anthony Chisholm, Keith Randolph Smith, Ray Anthony Thomas, More Set for National Tour of Jitney

TheaterMania

August Wilson's Jitney Announces Casting for National Tour

Broadway.com

August Wilson's Jitney Wins the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play Revival

Deadline

Ruben Santiago-Hudson On His August Wilson Passion Project, Jitney

New York Times

August Wilson’s Jitney Magnifies Marginalized Souls

Playbill

How August Wilson Made Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Career

Accessible Performances

Closed Captioning
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Open Captioning
Thursday, October 3 at 8 p.m.

Audio Described
Saturday, September 28 at 2 p.m.

Events

Post-Show Discussions
Tuesday, October 1 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, October 2 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 17 at 8 p.m.
Special Guest: Paul Ellis, nephew of August Wilson and executive director of August Wilson House

Southwest Night
Sunday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Purchase

August Wilson Festival Events

Designers Panel: Building the World of August Wilson
September 16, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
A panel featuring several designers who worked with Wilson and helped define the world of his plays, including members of the Jitney design team
Reserve

Writers Panel: On the Shoulders of Giants — August Wilson’s Dramatic Legacy
September 28, 2019 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
A panel featuring contemporary playwrights inspired by Wilson and his work, including poet-playwright Marcus Gardley (Arena’s Every Tongue Confess)
Reserve

Post-Show Discussion with Paul Ellis
October 17, 2019 following the 8 p.m. performance of Jitney
Special Guest: Paul Ellis, nephew of August Wilson and executive director of August Wilson House

Women of Wilson Panel
April 25, 2020 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
A panel of women, including award-winning actress, director and producer Michele Shay (Broadway’s Seven Guitars), who have originated and defined Wilson’s strong female characters. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Soyica Colbert, chair of the Department of Performing Arts, director of Theater and Performance Studies and a professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University. Colbert was a dramaturg for Arena’s 2018 production of Wilson’s Two Trains Running.
Reserve

August Wilson Documentary Film Screening
"American Masters" August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
May 4, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Learn more about the August Wilson Festival