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Jitney

by August Wilson
directed by Ron OJ Parson

Sep 06, 2012 — Oct 14, 2012

  3 1/2 Stars “Jitney is music in the hands of Court Theatre cast” -Chicago Tribune

“‘Jitney’ is like a blues song … Parson … keeps it singing soulfully in the key of Wilson”
-Chicago Sun-Times

4 Stars “a moving revival … Ron OJ Parson’s production excels” -Time Out Chicago

Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson (The Piano Lesson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) directs Jitney, Court’s latest installment of August Wilson’s Century Cycle. 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.

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Ron OJ Parson’s Residency is supported by The Joyce Foundation

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