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Community 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 ourselves 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 whose memories of the military and war do not fail to falter Then we have Fielding Becker and Youngblood whose high hopes and dreams do not seem to come true because of the poor situations that he is living in At only 24 he was already in the military as well as raising a son and trying to maintain a marriage that his wife believes is all lies Not to give anything away but Wilson does keep me engaged in his plays at all times His accomplishments range from Pulitzer Prizes to Broadway theatres named in his honor I do plan to read all 9 or 10 books of this cycle And I know that I will be opened to ideas and struggles that african americans bravely came out of

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Jitney Author August Wilson

Set in the 1970s 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 197 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 in earlier plays However I felt the ending was a little lacking Fences is still the best of the plays so far Two to go

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9 Jitney was produced in New York for the first time in spring 2000 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 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 th

  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 cha

  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 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

  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 celebra

  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

  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

  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 Turnb

  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 app

  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