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Set in the s in Pittsburgh's Hill District and depicting gypsy cab drivers who serve black neighborhoods Jitney is the seventh in August Wilson's projected ten play cycle one for each decade on the black experience in twentieth century America A thoroughly revised version of a play Wilson first wrote in Ji. August Wilson was a special treasure for the City of Pittsburgh His crowning gem was probable The Pittsburgh Cycle a series of 10 plays each set in a different decade revealing life for African Americans in the City of Pittsburgh Jitney is the story of Pittsburgh in the 1970 s Set in Pittsburgh s Hill District during a period of Urban Renewal Jitney service in Pittsburgh was very much a part of everyday life It also provided a microcosm for August Wilson to explore personalities and struggles faced by these drivers Struggles against challenges with government personal relationships and even with themselves are all hereThe characters are real and the frustrations and aspirations are accurately drawn August Wilson always breathes true life into his characters The men drawn here are people we have all met trying to improve themselves trying to help their families and merely trying to surviveYou care about these people and their struggles and ache for their pain in being unable to fight the juggernaut of the government and the oppression of society with its expectations August Wilson is always a good read

Summary Jitney AUTHOR August Wilson

Jitney AUTHOR August Wilson

Munity but as he says about the uniue particulars of black culture I wanted to place this culture onstage in all its richness and fullness and to demonstrate its ability to sustain us through profound moments in our history in which the larger society has thought less of us than we have thought of ourselve. This is not my first foray into Wilson but it is the start of a concerted effort to finish the Century Cycle I m tackling them in the order they were written I wondered if this was the best way to go but now I can t imagine starting anywhere but with Jitney Like many plays the physical universe of Jitney is tiny It is confined to a single gypsy cab office connected to the outside world through the characters histories calls from customers and the appearance of Becker s son Booster home from 20 years in prison The limitation of place heightens the crisis at hand the city s plans to raze the building in their neighborhood Their lives as well as their jobs are rooted in that office Wilson thereby raises the stakes on what his characters will lose than their jobs and it drives home the importance of their decision not to leaveIt is a tense play almost throughout uieting in tone for the conclusion an interesting and uniue choice for a play the action usually goes the other way From the beginning Wilson sets his conflicts to a broiling point rooted in character development that seems improbable in the slim volume but which Wilson manages adroitly The main conflicts are between older meddling Turnbo and Youngblood a dreamer on the cusp of anchoring himself in adulthood both veterans Korea and Vietnam respectively Fielding an aged alcoholic and Becker and between Becker and his son Booster in whom he had placed all his dreams of a better life Wilson excels at anchoring his play with intense personal relationships while exploring race and racism overt and institutional class identity while creating a rich tapestry of Pittsburgh in the 1970s all without leaving the room It is not a perfect play Sometimes the characters particularly Becker and Booster have to come too uickly to the climax of their argument or have to bring home overarching concerns that don t yet feel uite natural But it still is brilliant and honest And the ending is without a doubt perfect I am referring specifically to the last line in particular The line reminds me of William Carlos Williams so much depends It is uiet and simple and powerful It speaks volumes It makes whole the play it develops Booster it shows us a future It is a subtle reclamation of power It is the taking of a stand and in a single sentence we know what that stand will be and why and why it is important Lacking Wilson s ability I can t sum up why it works so perfectly but it does It demonstrates Wilson s mastery of his craft and it gives us a glimpse of where he and his Century Cycle are headed

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Tney was produced in New York for the first time in spring winning rave reviews and the accolade of the New York Drama Critics Circle as the best play of the yearOne of contemporary theater's most distinguished and elouent voices Wilson writes not about historical events or the pathologies of the black com. A great play set around taxi drivers and their lives


10 thoughts on “Jitney AUTHOR August Wilson

  1. says:

    Jitney first composed in 1979 was the first of August Wilson’s “Century Cycle” to be written and the last to reach Broadway in 2017 Although extensively revised in 1996 it still seems like an early play sunnier with a “slice of life” realist feel lacking the dark music and expressionistic touches that one comes to expect from August Wilson Still as is always true in a Wilson play the language is vivid and the portrait

  2. says:

    Jitney is play #8 in August Wilson's Century Cycle Jitney tells the story of a group of men who run a cab service Wilson focuses on their livelihood their dreams and their imperfections I enjoyed the cast of characters as well as the monologues from a few of them Although very minor I did like reading the references to characters i

  3. says:

    August Wilson was a special treasure for the City of Pittsburgh His crowning gem was probable The Pittsburgh Cycle a series of 10 plays each set in a different decade revealing life for African Americans in the City of Pit

  4. says:

    A great play set around taxi drivers and their lives

  5. says:

    Penumbra Theater in St Paul Minnesota is celebrating its 40th Anniversary The theater's founders imagined a theater for by and about the black community It is only fitting that as part of its anniversary celebration that they have chosen to produce August Wilson's Jitney as Penumbra has a storied history with playwright

  6. says:

    Wellthis is not the first time I have read this play but I re read it for the project I'm working on with my US History class I was an intern at Seattle Repertory Theater in 2001 2002 when I first read this play and encountered the man who wrote it I got to spend some time with August Wilson during that time and I had n

  7. says:

    This is not my first foray into Wilson but it is the start of a concerted effort to finish the Century Cycle I'm tackling them in the order they were written I wondered if this was the best way to go but now I can

  8. says:

    This book gets 355 stars too bad goodreads doesn't give 12 stars But anyway as I continue to read the August Wilson Century Cycle books during this fake spring break I realize that this man does not fail to keep his characters grounded and true to the African American societies of each decade Jitney is a play focusing on gypsy cab drivers post Vietnam War in Pittsburgh 1977 There are men of all ages ranging from the Elder Turnbo

  9. says:

    This was the first August Wilson play I ever saw in an unforgettable production at the Union Suare Theatre but I'd never read the script itself until now and it's just as wonderful on the page as on the stage Wilson's gorgeous ensemble piece about car service drivers in Pittsburgh gifts each character with an arc and at least one lovely monologue; and the individual speeches can be like arias at times an appropriate term given t

  10. says:

    OMG the last scene I don't normally read drama but I am starting to think I should read And of course this being a local play made it that much interesting for me Highly recommended

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