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Written by August Wilson, Directed by Anthony Bean and starring some of New Orleans finest talents. Will Williams, Harold X. Evans and Donald Lewis.
New Orleans. LA. August 28, 2011
The Anthony Bean Community Theater presents Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilsons acclaimed first play, Jitney, is the 1970s installment of his renowned cycle of 10 plays depicting African-American life in the 20th Century. Jitney tells the stories of the men working in a Pittsburgh taxi station where tensions run high as the city threatens to shut down the company.
Jitney, a drama that includes the natural comedy of real life, takes place in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the setting of Mr. Wilsons cycle of plays on the Black American experience in the 20th century. The action happens in the late 1970s in a worn-down gypsy cab station where men hustle to make a living as unofficial, unlicensed taxi drivers. The ongoing, underlying tension comes from two principal sources: the threat that the makeshift taxi company may be shut down by the city and the explosive relationship between Becker (Will Williams), who runs the cab company, and his son, Booster (Sam Malone), who has just returned from serving a 20-year prison sentence. The talk among the characters forms a rich urban symphony that swirls around the cab company. Ones personal business is always on public parade, as the men kibbitz, criticize and retell local dramas revolving around two seemingly eternal themes of economic anxiety and the armed truce between men and women.
The cast also consists of veterans who make up a who's who in this stellar ensemble. Will Williams plays Becker. Harold X. Evans plays Doub, Donald Lewis, Jr. portrays Fielding, Al Aubry portrays Turbo, Steven Burke portrays Shealy, Sam Malone portrays Booster, Desmond Ables portrays Philmore and Codi Gayles as Rena.Starring