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Photo Flash: First Look at August Wilson's JITNEY on Broadway

Only one of the ten plays in two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's masterful The American Century Cycle has never been seen on Broadway - until now. JITNEY is now in previews at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) for a Thursday, January 19 opening night. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Set in the early 1970s, 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 Piano Lesson) and is proud to produce this Broadway debut. Directing is Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

The ensemble of nine cast members boasts seven veterans of August Wilson plays. The cast features Harvy Blanks (Jitney in WNYC's Greene Space American Century Cycle recording, Two Trains Running at Two River Theater Company) as "Shealy;" Tony Award nominee Anthony Chisholm (Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean, Two Trains Running, Jitney at Second Stage) as "Fielding," Obie and Theatre World Award winner Brandon J. Dirden (The Piano Lesson, Clybourne Park, "The Americans") as "Booster;" André Holland (Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Moonlight, "American Horror Story") as "Youngblood;" Carra Patterson (Significant Other, Wit, Straight Outta Compton) as "Rena," Michael Potts (The Book of Mormon, Aubergine) as "Turnbo;" Keith Randolph Smith (Fences, King Hedley II) as "Doub;" Ray Anthony Thomas (Jitney and Fences in WNYC's Greene Space American Century Cycle recordings, Between Riverside and Crazy) as "Philmore;" and Drama Desk Award winner John Douglas Thompson (Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Mark Taper Forum,Satchmo at the Waldorf) as "Becker."

The creative team for August Wilson'S Jitney includes David Gallo (scenic design); Toni-Leslie James (costume design); Jane Cox (lighting design), Darron L West (sound design); Bill Sims, Jr. (original music); Robert-Charles Vallance (hair and makeup design) and Thomas Schall (fight director).

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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Photo Flash: First Look at August Wilson's JITNEY on Broadway
Andre Holland as Youngblood and Carra Patterson as Rena

Photo Flash: First Look at August Wilson's JITNEY on Broadway
Andre Holland as Youngblood and Carra Patterson as Rena

Photo Flash: First Look at August Wilson's JITNEY on Broadway
John Douglas Thompson as Becker, Michael Potts as Turnbo, Anthony Chisholm as Fielding and Brandon J. Dirden as Booster

Photo Flash: First Look at August Wilson's JITNEY on Broadway
Harvy Blanks as Shealy, Michael Potts as Turnbo, Brandon J. Dirden (kneeling) as Booster and Andre Holland as Youngblood

Photo Flash: First Look at August Wilson's JITNEY on Broadway
Michael Potts as Turnbo, John Douglas Thompson as Becker, Anthony Chisholm as Fielding, Keith Randolph Smith as Doub and Andre Holland as Youngblood

Photo Flash: First Look at August Wilson's JITNEY on Broadway
John Douglas Thompson as Becker and Michael Potts as Turnbo

Photo Flash: First Look at August Wilson's JITNEY on Broadway
Michael Potts as Turnbo, Anthony Chisholm as Fielding and Keith Randolph Smith as Doub

Photo Flash: First Look at August Wilson's JITNEY on Broadway
Brandon J. Dirden as Booster and John Douglas Thompson as Becker

Photo Flash: First Look at August Wilson's JITNEY on Broadway
Andre Holland as Youngblood and Ray Anthony Thomas as Philmore

Photo Flash: First Look at August Wilson's JITNEY on Broadway
Keith Randolph Smith as Doub and Harvy Blanks as Shealy



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