August Wilson's 20th Century: Jitney
Saturday, March 22, 2008 - Saturday, April 05, 2008

At a ramshackle taxi depot, 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.

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"One of the most important voices in the American theater"
--The New York Times

Jitney (1970s)
Directed by Gordon Davidson

At a ramshackle taxi depot, the middle-aged men who drive unlicensed gypsy cabs, or "jitneys," strive to find honor and accomplishment amidst a landscape of diminishing opportunity. When the station owner's estranged son returns from 20 years in prison, their reunion unleashes two decades of brutal, raw emotion.
--Running Time: 2 hours, 9 minutes, with one intermission--

CASTING
Youngblood: Anthony Mackie
Turnbo: John Beasley
Fielding: Anthony Chisolm
Doub: Eugene Lee
Shealy: Afemo Omilami
Philmore: Montae Russell
Becker: Paul Butler
Rena: Roslyn Ruff
Booster: Hassan El-Amin

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An American icon, August Wilson depicted the human condition like no other playwright of his time. His legacy lives on through his crowning achievement: a cycle of 10 plays chronicling the African American experience, each set in a different decade of the 20th century. Crafted over nearly 25 years, these works garnered Wilson myriad accolades, including a Tony Award and two Pulitzer Prizes. Bringing them together for the first time ever, the Kennedy Center presents staged readings of all 10 of Wilson's masterpieces, frequently dubbed "The Pittsburgh Cycle," as all but one are grounded in the city of his youth.

More than 30 stars of stage and screen join Artistic Director Kenny Leon and six other acclaimed directors for this historic month-long celebration (March 4–April 6, 2008). Complemented with costumes, lighting, and scenery, the plays will be performed in chronological order--collectively revealing Wilson's sweeping vision of the challenge and glory of being black in America.

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Acting for August

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