August Wilson's Jitney

Marx Theatre | Oct. 15 - Nov. 12, 2016

Directed by Timothy Douglas

Every day's a hustle.
The first script in August Wilson’s trailblazing American Century Cycle about the 20th-century African-American experience, Jitney follows a group of men who operate an unlicensed car service in Pittsburgh’s Hill District during the 1970s. As they hustle to survive, they’re forced to confront the potential destruction of their community when the city threatens to close their station and board up the block in the name of urban renewal. Winner of the Drama Critics' Circle Award and Olivier Award for best play, Jitney showcases Wilson's unequaled talent for celebrating the quiet dignity that can be found in the everyday struggles of life.

"Thoroughly engrossing ... holds us in charmed captivity." — The New York Times

Advisory: Jitney is appropriate for adult and older teenage audiences. The play contains strong adult language, discussions of racial justice and other mature themes.

Running Time: The show runs approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one intermission.

Production Sponsor

Moe and Jack Rouse

Sallie and Randolph Wadsworth

Additional Support

Betsy and Paul Sittenfeld

David C. Herriman

Rosemary and Mark Schlachter

Season Sponsor & Design Sponsor

Season Sponsor of New Work

The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation

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Every Day’s A Hustle

Prologue, October 2016

Love. Honor. Duty. Betrayal. August Wilson said these themes are at the heart of all of his plays, plays that have come to define the black experience in America. 

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A Wider Canvas

Prologue, October 2016

Prior to the start of rehearsals, Playhouse Associate Artist Timothy Douglas answered questions about returning to direct Jitney for the fourth time and his own vast experience with the work of playwright August Wilson.

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Preview Performances

Oct. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m.; Oct. 16, 2016, at 2 p.m.; Oct. 18, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 19, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Be among the first to see the show before opening night and save! Preview performance tickets are discounted and begin at just $35. Not valid with other discounts.

Opening Night

Oct. 20, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Share the excitement of Thursday opening nights with a lively post-show cast party with complimentary hors d'oeuvres by Vonderhaar's Catering.

Meet the Artists

Oct. 23, 2016, at 2 p.m.; Oct. 26, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 6, 2016, at 2 p.m.; Nov. 10, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Join in stimulating discussions with cast and crew following the performances.

Bourbon Tasting

Wednesdays, Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Join us before Wednesday evening performances of Jitney for a special bourbon tasting. Three-course dinners start at 6 p.m. for $32 per person.

The menu features:

First Course: Deconstructed pork sliders with truffle honey, pickled red onion and a challah base. Served with Old Grand-Dad 100 Bourbon. 

Second Course: Duck with tamarind bourbon jus, a sweet potato fritter and local greens. Served with Evan Williams Bottled in Bond Bourbon. 

Third Course: Apple bourbon bread pudding with Belgian chocolate candied walnuts and caramel sauce. Served with Old Forester 1897 Bourbon.

Tastings are catered by The Littlefield, a Northside bourbon bar and bistro. To reserve your spot, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 by the Friday prior to your date.

A Night Celebrating August Wilson

Oct. 17, 2016, at 7 p.m.
Walnut Hills High School's Black Box Theatre

Join us as we celebrate playwright August Wilson with a special night dedicated to his work. Playhouse Associate Artist and Jitney director Timothy Douglas will discuss Wilson’s legacy and his own extensive experience with Wilson’s American Century Cycle while members of the Jitney cast share anecdotes of their experience in Wilson plays. Local actors will perform monologues from several of Wilson’s plays.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at Walnut Hills High School’s Black Box Theatre. For easiest access, park in the Walnut Hills lot off Blair Avenue. We suggest you use 1500 Blair Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45207 to locate the lot using GPS. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Reservations can be made through the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.

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