Previews Begin: Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Opening Night: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Only one of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s plays has never been seen on Broadway – until now. Set in the early 1970s (and the eighth work in the late author’s masterful The American Century Cycle), 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.
Lead support for August Wilson’s Jitney has been provided by MTC’s Producing Fund Partner, Andrew Martin-Weber. Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Manhattan Theatre Club.
Broadway premiere directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson