In the 1970s, when licensed cabs refused to service Pittsburgh’s predominantly black Hill District, Jim Becker establishes a rideshare service to meet the needs of his community.
Faced with the devastating news that the city is about to shut down their business, Becker and his cab drivers struggle to confront an uncertain future. An emotional family reunion, generational conflict, and workplace gossip set the stage for drama as each man fights to prevail in the face of adversity.
Produced by Eric Falkenstein and Ron Simons in association with Manhattan Theatre Club
ASL Interpretation, Audio Description, and Open Captioning
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|Event Type||Event Dates|
|Preview Performances||Feb. 28, Feb. 29, Mar. 1, and Mar. 3 at 7:30 p.m.|
|Opening Night||Mar. 4 at 7:30 p.m.|
|Pre-Play Design Talk||Mar. 3 at 6:45 p.m.|
|Post-Play Actor Talks||Mar. 18 at 2:00 p.m. and Mar. 27 at 7:30 p.m.|
August Wilson’s plays include Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson (Pulitzer Prize winner), Seven Guitars, Fences (Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner), Two Trains Running, Jitney (Olivier Award winner), King Hedley II and Radio Golf. In 2003, he made his stage debut in his one- man show, How I Learned What I Learned. He received an Emmy Award nomination for his screenplay The Piano Lesson. Other works include The Janitor, Recycle, The Coldest Day of the Year, Malcolm X, The Homecoming and the musical satire Black Bart and the Sacred Hills. Other awards include eight New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships in Playwriting, a Whiting Writers Award, 2003 Heinz Award, 1999 National Humanities Medal and induction into the Theater Hall of Fame.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson is honored to continue this journey with August Wilson’s Jitney, whose recent Broadway production garnered several awards for Outstanding Revival including the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League, and the NY Drama Critics Circle Awards, along with six Tony nominations. Ruben’s directing credits include: The Piano Lesson, Skeleton Crew, Othello, Gem of the Ocean, Paradise Blue, My Children! My Africa!, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Cabin in the Sky, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Two Trains Running, Things of Dry Hours, The First Breeze of Summer, and Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, among many others. Mr. Santiago-Hudson received a Tony Award as featured actor for his performance in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. He made his Broadway acting debut alongside Gregory Hines in Jelly’s Last Jam. Other Broadway credits include Stick Fly and Gem of the Ocean. The multi-award-winning director/writer/actor wrote, executive produced, and co-starred in the HBO film Lackawanna Blues based on his Obie and Helen Hayes Award-winning play. The movie received several honors including Emmy, Golden Globe, NAACP Image Award, Humanitas, National Board of Reviews, Black Filmmaker’s Foundation, and Christopher Awards. In a career that spans over four decades, Ruben considers opening The Ruben Santiago-Hudson Fine Arts Learning Center in 2014 in his hometown of Lackawanna, NY as one of his proudest and most cherished accomplishments.
Cast and Production
Francois Battiste is known for his roles on Broadway in Bronx Bombers (Circle in the Square); Magic/Bird (Longacre); and Prelude to a Kiss (Roundabout). His London credits include: One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse), which received the 2016 Olivier nomination for Best Play. Francois’ select Off-Broadway credits include: Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre); Obie Award-winner The Good Negro, Head of Passes, and Detroit ’67 (The Public Theater); The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and The Winter’s Tale with Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Delacorte Theater); and 10 Things to Do Before I Die (Second Stage). Regionally, he has worked with Sundance; NY Stage & Film; Williamstown; Chicago Shakespeare; and The Goodman. His television and film credits include: ABC’s "Ten Days in the Valley" and "The Family"; HBO’s The Normal Heart; CBS’s "Person of Interest" and "The Good Wife"; "Are We There Yet?" on TBS; Men in Black III; and A Long Walk. Francois was a John Houseman Prize recipient at The Juilliard School and attended Oxford’s British American Drama Academy. He also earned his B.S. at Illinois State University.
Harvy Blanks was seen on Broadway in August Wilson’s Jitney. His regional credits include King Hedley II (New Jersey); Familiar (Seattle); Moscow (Williamstown); The Mountaintop (Portland); Fire on the Mountain (Mountain View); Familiar (Yale Rep); and Jitney (Redbank). He has performed in all ten plays in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle and won the Drama Desk Award for the Off- Broadway production of Tabletop.
Theater credits include: Skeleton Crew (The Old Globe, S.D.); Detroit '67 (Baltimore Center Stage); The Temple Bombing (Alliance Theater); Fetch Clay Make Man (True Colors Theatre Co.); Dutch Masters (LAByrinth Theatre Company); On The Levee (Lincoln Center); The Book of Grace (The Public Theater); and Zooman and the Sign (Signature Theatre). A graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division. The Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. Film credits include: Roman J. Israel, Esq.; Detroit; Crown Heights; Moths and Butterflies; The Alchemist Cookbook; Django Unchained; Newlyweeds; Night Catches Us; and Knucklehead. Television credits include "Numbers" (CBS), "Chase" (USA), "Detroit 1-8-7" (ABC), and "Georgetown" (ABC).
Anthony Chisholm can currently be seen recurring in the Hulu series, "Wu-Tang: An American Saga." He is a Tony Award nominee for his portrayal of Elder Joseph Barlow in August Wilson's Radio Golf. His other Broadway credits include August Wilson’s Two Trains Running and Gem of the Ocean. Off-Broadway credits include August Wilson’s Jitney, for which he received the Drama Desk and Obie Awards for his portrayal of Fielding; The Happiest Song Plays Last at Second Stage Theatre; and roles with the NY Shakespeare Festival/The Public Theater, among others. Overseas: the hit Vietnam play Tracers at London’s Royal Court Theatre; Sydney, Australia’s Seymour Center and Melbourne’s Universal; and August Wilson’s Jitney at The National Theatre in London (Olivier Award, Best New Play). He is also the recipient of the NAACP Theatre Award, the AUDELCO Award, the Ovation Award, and the I.R.N.E. Award. His film work includes Going In Style, Chiraq, My Bakery in Brooklyn, and Beloved, among others. Select television credits include "Random Acts of Flyness," "High Maintenance," "Shades of Blue," "Detroit 1-8-7," "Law & Order: SVU," and the role of Burr Redding on HBO’s "Oz."
Philmore/Understudy: Shealy, Fielding
Brian D. Coats
Broadway: (MTC/National Tour) Jitney. Off- Broadway includes: The Brothers Paranormal (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre); Travisville (Ensemble Studio Theatre); La Ruta (Working Theater); The Bacchae, The First Noel (Classical Theatre of Harlem /The Apollo); On the Levee (Lincoln Center); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Public/ NYSF). Regional: The Royale (Cleveland Play House); The Nest (Denver Center Theatre); Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (Huntington Theatre, Studio Theatre D.C.); King Hedley II, Seven Guitars, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Two River Theater); Fences, A Raisin in the Sun (Geva Theatre); Distant Fires (People's Light and Theatre Company); Clybourne Park (Caldwell Theatre); The Wedding Gift, pen/ man/ship (Contemporary American Theater Fest); Count (PlayMakers Rep). TV includes: "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "JAG," "Blue Bloods," "The Sopranos," "Boardwalk Empire," "Luke Cage," and "The Blacklist."
Steven Anthony Jones
Steven Anthony Jones was the artistic director of the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. He has worked professionally on stage, television and in film for 46 years. He has performed in the works of August Wilson, (Charles) Fuller, Fugard, Stoppard, Gotonda, Becket, Pinter, Moliere, Shakespeare, Chekhov and others. He was in the original cast of A Soldier’s Play produced by the Negro Ensemble Company, which won an Obie Award for ensemble acting and the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama. He performed, taught and directed at the American Conservatory Theater for 22 years as a member of the core acting company. Mr. Jones received his early theater training at Karamu House in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
Theater credits include: The Legend of Georgia McBride (Geffen Playhouse); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Mark Taper Forum); Two Trains Running (Matrix Theatre); Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (u/s Mark Taper Forum); the world premiere of Zoey’s Perfect Wedding (Denver Center); An Octoroon (Chautauqua Theater Center); Blueprints to Freedom (La Jolla Playhouse); The Mountaintop (Cape May Stage); Bossa Nova (Sundance Theatre Lab); and Echo In Silence (McCarter Theatre). TV: "The Deuce," "Animal Kingdom," "StartUp," "Insecure," "Monday Mornings," "Hail Mary," "Southland," "Medium," and "ER." Upcoming film: Red River, A Doll’s House (starring Sir Ben Kingsley), and Gilpin. Training: The Juilliard School. Dedicated to Malvenia.
Keith Randolph Smith
Broadway: Jitney; American Psycho; Come Back Little Sheba; Salome; King Hedley II; Fences; The Piano Lesson. Off-Broadway: Paradise Blue; Lockdown; Tamburlaine; Holiday Heart; The First Breeze of Summer; Jitney; The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d; Intimacy. Regional: A Human Being of a Sort; How to Catch Creation; Our Town; Romeo and Juliet; Antony and Cleopatra; Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Tempest; Three Sisters; Ivanov; The Seagull; In Walks Ed; Water By the Spoonful; Sunset Baby; The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. Film and TV: "The Good Fight"; "Law & Order"; "One Life to Live"; "I’ll Fly Away"; "NY Undercover"; "Cosby"; Malcolm X; Girl 6; Path to Paradise; Anesthesia; Backstreet Justice; The Warrior Class; Dead Dogs Lie; Fallout.
Ray Anthony Thomas
Ray Anthony Thomas is thrilled to return to this production. His Broadway credits include Jitney, The Crucible, and Race. Ray has created roles in two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Water by the Spoonful and Between Riverside and Crazy. He also created a role in Volunteer Man (Obie-winning performance). Recent theater: Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow (Off-Broadway); Two Trains Running (Cincy/Milwaukee); The Year to Come (La Jolla); and Artney Jackson (Williamstown). Other credits include: Fences and Jitney for August Wilson’s American Century Cycle with NPR Radio. Recent film and TV credits include Isn’t It Romantic and "High Maintenance" (HBO).
Understudy: Booster, Youngblood
James T. Alfred
James T. Alfred is excited to join this production of Jitney. Off-Broadway credits: Pipeline–u/s (Lincoln Center); Blood (NBT); This Land (Vineyard Theatre); All's Well That Ends Well (The Public Theater). Select regional theater credits: Head of Passes–world premiere; Hushabye (Steppenwolf Theatre); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Mountaintop (Guthrie Theater, ATC); Jitney (Penumbra, KC Rep, ATC); Two Trains Running, Detroit ‘67, A Brown Tale (Penumbra Theatre); Fences (Denver Center, IRT, ATC, Milwaukee Rep); End Game (Baltimore Center Stage). Television credits: "Empire," "Chicago P.D.," "The Blacklist," "Blindspot," "FBI," "Boss," and "Prison Break."
Understudy: Philmore, Becker, Doub, Turnbo
A. Russell Andrews
Founding member of award-winning StageWalkers Productions. Russell won two NAACP Theatre Awards and two LA Ovation Awards for work as actor/producer with Wilson’s Jitney and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, where he won his first Best Actor NAACP. After developing both "Mister" in the world premiere of King Hedley II at Pittsburgh’s New Hazlett Theater and "Youngblood" in the inaugural production of Jitney at Pittsburgh Public Theater, he reprised his role of "Youngblood" in the Jitney cast that won the 2002 Olivier Award for Best New Play at London’s Royal National Theatre. Film/TV credits include Vice Principal Gaines on HBO’s "Insecure" and Principal Avery in HBO’s upcoming "Sterling."
Patrese D. McClain
Patrese D. McClain is delighted to be joining the Jitney family. Originally from Chicago, she has worked with many theater companies in her hometown and in regional theaters all over the country. Select regional theater credits include: Pipeline and Skeleton Crew at Actors Theatre; Short Shakes R&J at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; The Mountaintop and Skeleton Crew at People's Light and Theatre Company; White Guy on the Bus at Northlight Theatre; for colored girls..., Spunk, Tartuffe, and The Misanthrope at Court Theatre; Two Trains Running at Geva Theatre Center; No Child... and Pericles at The St. Louis Black Rep. Recent film credits include: BET’s Friend Request, Workingman, Widows directed by Steve McQueen, and Captive State directed by Rupert Wyatt. Television credits include: "Chicago Med," "Chicago Fire" (NBC), "Sirens" (USA), and "Detroit 1-8-7" (ABC). Awards include: Barrymore Award Winner for Outstanding Leading Actress, St. Louis Circle Theatre Award Winner for Best Solo Performance, two-time Joseph Jefferson Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Training: B.F.A. Howard University, M.F.A. Pennsylvania State University. www.patresedmcclain.com
David Gallo has designed more than 30 Broadway productions, including Memphis, First Date, The Drowsy Chaperone (Tony Award for Best Scenic Design), The Mountaintop, Reasons to Be Pretty, Xanadu, Company, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Working with August Wilson from 1996 until his death, David designed the premiere productions of Wilson’s later works, including King Hedley II, Jitney, Gem of the Ocean, and Radio Golf — the latter two of which each garnered him Tony nominations. Other awards: Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Ovation, Obie, L.A. Drama Critics, Outer Critics Circle, and NAACP. davidgallo.com
Broadway: Come From Away (2017); Amazing Grace; Lucky Guy; The Scottsboro Boys; Finian’s Rainbow; Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; King Hedley II; One Mo’ Time; The Wild Party; Marie Christine; Footloose; The Tempest; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Angels in America: Millennium Approaches; Perestroika; Chronicle of a Death Foretold; and Jelly’s Last Jam. Awards: Tony nomination, three Drama Desk nominations, six Lucille Lortel nominations, Hewes Design Award, Irene Sharaff Young Masters Award, and the 2009 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Costume Design.
Jane Cox’s projects with Ruben Santiago- Hudson include Seven Guitars at Signature Theatre. Broadway: The Color Purple; Machinal; All the Way; Come Back, Little Sheba; and Picnic. Recent projects include Amélie at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Othello at NYTW; Hamlet at the Barbican; Roe at OSF; The Flick at the National Theatre, London; and Passion, Peer Gynt, and Allegro at Classic Stage Company. Jane is a member of the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company, has a long collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and is the director of the theater program at Princeton University.
Darron L West
Previously at the Friedman: The American Plan, To Be or Not to Be, The Royal Family, Top Girls, and Time Stands Still. He is a Tony and Obie Award-winning sound designer whose work for theater and dance has been heard in more than 500 productions nationally and internationally, on Broadway and off. His accolades for sound design also include the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, and AUDELCO awards. He is a two-time Henry Hewes Design Award winner and a proud recipient of the Princess Grace Award statue.
Charles Coes is a New Jersey-based sound designer. Off-Broadway, he’s designed: Tales of the Washer King (Playwright’s Realm); Servant of Two Masters (TFANA, among others); Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout); For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday (Playwrights); and Natural Shocks (WP Theater). He teaches at the Yale School of Drama and has worked as an associate on many Broadway shows including Peter and the Starcatcher; Great Comet of 1812; and To Kill a Mockingbird. He’s won the Craig Noel Award (San Diego) and the Footlights Award (Milwaukee) for sound design.
Bill Sims Jr.
Bill Sims Jr. is an internationally respected “Master of the Blues.” He is a 2012 Grammy nominee for And Still I Rise and an Obie Award winner for Lackawanna Blues. Recent theater credits: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Two River), The Piano Lesson (Hartford Stage and Signature Theatre), August Wilson’s Two Trains Running and Jitney (Two River). Mr. Sims was the subject of the documentary An American Love Story (PBS), for which he composed many of the songs for the soundtrack. Other film credits: Lackawanna Blues, New York Stories, Miss Ruby’s House, American Gangster, and Cadillac Records. Training: Ohio State University. heritagebluesorchestra.com
Hair and Wig Designer
Broadway design credits include Bernhardt/ Hamlet. Other design credits include Merrily We Roll Along (Roundabout), Anna May Wong— The Actress Who Died a Thousand Deaths (Mabou Mines), Paradise Square (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Othello (Shakespeare in the Park), London Rocks (Busch Gardens Williamsburg), and A Christmas Carol (Busch Gardens Williamsburg).
Thomas Schall has worked on more than 60 Broadway shows, including The Front Page, The Crucible, Blackbird, The Color Purple, Waitress, The King and I, War Horse, This Is Our Youth, Of Mice and Men, Romeo and Juliet, Lucky Guy, Death of a Salesman, Venus in Fur, and A View from the Bridge. He has worked extensively at Lincoln Center (Disgraced, Blood and Gifts), The Public Theater (Hamlet, King Lear, Mother Courage, Father Comes Home from the Wars), MTC (Ruined, Murder Ballad), NY Theatre Workshop (Red Speedo, Othello), and the Met Opera (Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Trovatore).
Off-Broadway: In Old Age (New York Theatre Workshop), Good Grief (Vineyard Theatre), The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d (Playwrights Realm), The Homecoming Queen (Atlantic Theater), Carnaval (National Black Theatre), Ndebele Funeral (59E59, South African tour, Edinburgh Festival), Sister Son/ ji (Billie Holiday Theater), In the Continuum (Juilliard). Regional: Paradise Blue (Long Wharf Theatre), Skeleton Crew (Chester Theatre). Producer: CLASSIX, a reading series exploring classic plays by Black playwrights. Other: ABC/ Disney, Cherry Lane, Fire This Time, Ma-Yi, New Black Fest, New Dramatists, NOW Africa, PEN World Voices, Royal Shakespeare Company, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Soho Rep Writer/ Director Lab, WNYC.
Select Broadway: King Lear; Hillary and Clinton; Ink; The Waverly Gallery; The Boys in the Band; Three Tall Women; Meteor Shower; A Doll’s House, Part 2; Jitney; The Glass Menagerie; Blackbird; Fences. Select theaters: Signature, Atlantic, Ars Nova, Old Globe, McCarter, Goodman, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage. Current TV: "New Amsterdam" (NBC).
Broadway credits include Choir Boy, Jitney, Heisenberg, The Father, Venus in Fur, Wit, Time Stands Still, Top Girls, Shining City, The Assembled Parties, Outside Mullingar, Casa Valentina, and Constellations. She cast the original productions of Proof and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife Off-Broadway and on Broadway as well as their national tours. Off- Broadway credits include Sugar in Our Wounds, Cost of Living, Linda, Incognito, The Explorers Club, Choir Boy, The Whipping Man, Ruined, Equivocation, and The World of Extreme Happiness. Prior to working at Manhattan Theatre Club, she was a member of the casting staff at the New York Shakespeare Festival for 10 years, where she worked on Shakespeare in the Park and numerous productions at The Public Theater. She cast the American actors for the first two seasons of The Bridge Project, produced by BAM and the Old Vic London. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a member of the Casting Society of America.
Broadway, Off-Broadway, and tours: Encores! Off Center, Side Show, After Midnight, A Night with Janis Joplin, Follies, Lombardi, Ragtime, Impressionism, Seafarer, Radio Golf, Coram Boy, Translations, Dirty Dancing, Glorious Ones, Noura, Little Rock, Fetch Clay, Brother Sister Plays. Multiple seasons for Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre, Hartford Stage, McCarter, etc.
Production Stage Manager
Kamra A. Jacobs
Broadway credits include: American Son and Children of a Lesser God. The Public Theater: Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It. Her regional credits include: The Bitter Game, Last Tiger in Haiti, The Wholehearted, The New One, The King and I, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Film credits include: American Son (Netflix). Education: M.F.A., U.C. San Diego.
Assistant Stage Manager
Mandisa Reed is excited to be at Seattle Rep. She worked at The Public Theater on The Bitter Game. Regional credits include: Diana, The Heart of Rock and Roll, SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, and Squirrels. Education: M.F.A., U.C. San Diego.
Manhattan Theatre Club
Under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent theater companies. Productions at its Broadway and Off-Broadway venues have garnered numerous awards, including 27 Tony Awards and 7 Pulitzer Prizes. MTC premieres include August Wilson’s Jitney and The Piano Lesson, Ink, Choir Boy, Wit, Vietgone, Venus in Fur, Ruined, Rabbit Hole, Doubt, Proof, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Crimes of the Heart, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. manhattantheatreclub.com.
Maximum Entertainment Productions
Maximum Entertainment Productions is a producing, developing, and management company founded by Avram Freedberg, Mary Beth Dale, and Eva Price; and is joined by Managing Director/General Manager Carl Flanigan. Select Broadway, Off-Broadway, and touring credits include What the Constitution Means to Me (National Tour); Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical; Small Mouth Sounds; Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!; The Hip Hop Nutcracker; The Lion; Verso; Black Light; Born for This (L.A. and Boston); 50 Shades! The Musical; Ivy + Bean The Musical; Voca People; and Colin Quinn: Long Story Short. www.maximumcompany.com
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