August Wilson’s “Jitney” presented by Multi-Ethnic Theatre

Multi Ethnic Theater Presents August Wilson’s “Jitney,” August 7-31, in association with Custom Made
Directed and designed by Lewis Campbell.

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JITNEY, part of Wilson’s epic Century Cycle, concerns a group of working class men who offer gypsy cab rides to and from African American communities where city cabs refuse to go. 

Cast of Multi Ethnic Theatre’s Jitney by August Wilson. Vernon Medearis, Charles Johnson, Bennie Lewis, Fabian Herd, Robin Hughes, Trevor Lawrence, David Stewart, Stuart Elwyn Hall, Anthony Pride.

Jitney will be the fourth August Wilson play Campbell has directed.

“My goal is for Multi Ethnic Theater to produce all ten of Wilson’s plays. After Jitney, we’ll have six more to go, thus our planning for ‘August in August’ in association with Custom Made Theatre every August for the next six years,” Campbell states.

Previously, Campbell has directed Wilson’s Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, and Gem of the Ocean.

Award-winning playwright August Wilson is best known for the ten plays of his “Pittsburgh Cycle,” all but one set in the “The Hill District,” the Black neighborhood adjacent to downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Culturally, “The Hill” rivaled other Black enclaves like Harlem in the 1920s and San Francisco’s Fillmore in the 1940s. Each of the ten plays is set in a different decade of the 20th Century and reflects the temper of that particular time as it affected African-Americans. Only Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is set somewhere other than Pittsburgh. Jitney reflects Wilson’s view of the 1970s on The Hill.

Show Times and Tickets

Opens Thursday, August 7, 8:00 pm
Press Opening Friday, August 8, 8:00 pm
Runs Thurs-Sat 8:00 pm; Sundays, 7:00 pm through Aug 30
Sunday Matinees Aug. 8 and 31 at 2:00 pm
General Admission $30-$35
Students/Seniors/TBA members $25-$30
Special Opening Week Admission – $20 All Seats

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