September 6, 2012 – October 14, 2012

By August Wilson
Directed by Ron OJ Parson

★★★½ "They've got a kind of blues symphony going on at the Court Theatre, with the redoubtable actor A.C. Smith conducting the August Wilson Repertory Orchestra." 
-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, Read the Review.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. "Stuffed with stories, philosophy and history, “Jitney” is like a blues song ... Parson, who has corraled many of the finest black actors in the city, keeps it singing soulfully in the key of Wilson."
-Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times,  Read the review.

Described by Wilson as the play in which he discovered his voice, Jitney weaves themes of tragedy and transcendence into a rich tapestry of stories about a community struggling to get by and longing to flourish. Fraught relationships, violent tensions, and unfulfilled desires ebb and flow inside Becker’s car service, an unlicensed jitney station that serves the black community of Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1977. This powerful and timely piece explores the desperate need to connect when everything seems to be falling apart.