August Wilson’s Jitney is coming to Broadway. Did you hear us?! AUGUST WILSON’S JITNEY IS COMING TO BROADWAY!
The only play from King August’s ten play cycle to not see a Broadway stage is finally on it’s way. The Manhattan Theater Club will bring the production to life at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre with previews beginning Wednesday, December 28, 2016. Opening night will be Thursday, January 19, 2017. Jitney is the eighth play in the Century Cycle.
Jitney, which was written in 1979, was the first written play of Wilson’s cycle work, premiering in 1982. After an extensive re-write it premiered for a second time at the Pittsburgh Public Theater in 1996. Also, the play opened off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre in 2000.
Only one of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s plays in the author’s masterful “The American Century Cycle” has never been seen on Broadway until now. Set in the early 1970s, this richly textured piece follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city threatens to board up the business and the boss’ son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last. MTC has a long history of co-producing works by this legendary playwright: King Hedley II, Seven Guitars and The Piano Lesson, and is proud to produce this Broadway debut. Directing is Ruben Santiago-Hudson, one of Wilson’s finest interpreters.
With casting and production team to be released in the coming weeks, you can bet Broadway Black will be keeping up with the journey of what is sure to be one of the hottest tickets next season! We couldn’t be more excited to see an August Wilson work on Broadway again! This year we saw the most diverse season in Broadway history, but some are slow to celebrate because of how few culturally diverse shows are lined up for 2017. With the addition of Jitney, there may be hope that the magic of 2016 will continue into next year!