PRESS - JITNEY


JITNEY
by August Wilson
directed by Ron OJ Parson
May 11 - June 10, 2012
Segerstrom Stage

Cheering audiences rose to their feet and critics throughout the Southland spun superlatives as the curtain fell on Fences, but that was only the beginning for SCR and August Wilson. Now it’s the 1970s, and urban renewal threatens a storefront station, where the drivers of gypsy cabs (known as jitneys) share their funny stories about the day’s fares and meddle in each other’s lives. Cronies drop in, fights break out, a son faces his father after 20 years in prison, lovers make up, and just as we get to know them, Wilson asks us to look again.

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Charlie Robinson and Montae Russell in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Jitneyby August Wilson. Photo by Henry DiRocco.
  
Ellis E. Williams, David McKnight and Larry Bates in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Jitney by August Wilson. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

   
David McKnight, Ellis E. Williams and James A. Watson, Jr. in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Jitney by August Wilson. Photo by Henry DiRocco.
  
Larry Bates and Kristy Johnson (foreground) and Ellis E. Williams and James A. Watson, Jr. in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production ofJitney by August Wilson. Photo by Henry DiRocco. 

   
Charlie Robinson, Larry Bates and Ellis E. Williams in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Jitney by August Wilson. Photo by Henry DiRocco.
  
Larry Bates, James A. Watson, Jr. and Rolando Boyce in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Jitney by August Wilson. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

Rolando Boyce and Gregg Daniel in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Jitneyby August Wilson. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

   
Larry Bates and Kristy Johnson in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Jitney by August Wilson. Photo by Henry DiRocco.
  
Charlie Robinson as Becker in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Jitney by August Wilson. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

       
Playwright August Wilson.
  
Jitney logo courtesy of South Coast Repertory.
  
Jitney artwork courtesy of South Coast Repertory.

Playwright Bio

August Wilson authored Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II andRadio Golf.  These works explore the heritage and experience of African-Americans, decade-by-decade, over the course of the twentieth century.  His plays have been produced at regional theatres across the country and all over the world, as well as on Broadway.  In 2003, Mr. Wilson made his professional stage debut in his one-man show, How I Learned What I Learned.  His work garnered many awards, including Pulitzer Prizes for Fences (1987) and for The Piano Lesson (1990); a Tony Award for Fences; Great Britain's Olivier Award for Jitney; as well as eight New York Drama Critics Circle Awards.  Additionally, the cast recording of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom received a 1985 Grammy Award, and Mr. Wilson received a 1995 Emmy Award nomination for his screenplay adaptation of The Piano Lesson.   Mr. Wilson received many fellowships and awards, including Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships in Playwriting, the Whiting Writers Award and the 2003 Heinz Award.  He was awarded a 1999 National Humanities Medal by the President of the United States, and received numerous honorary degrees from colleges and universities, as well as the only high school diploma ever issued by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.  He was an alumnus of New Dramatists, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a 1995 inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and on October 16, 2005, Broadway renamed the theatre located at 245 West 52nd Street The August Wilson Theatre.  Additionally, he was posthumously inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2007.