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Latest edition: August Wilson's Jitney

Episode Details

Original tape date: February 3, 2017.

First aired: February 18, 2017.

Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, along with actors John Douglas Thompson and Brandon J. Dirden discuss Manhattan Theatre Club's revival of the late August Wilson's play “Jitney" - the first of The Pittsburgh Cycle, 10 plays  portraying Black lives across 10 decades of the 20th Century. Set in a gypsy cab dispatch office in Pittsburgh's Hill District during the 1970's, "Jitney" reveals the outer and inner conflicts of the diverse group of African-American men who are eking out their livings as drivers.  Our guests also talk about their auditions and rehearsals for the play.  Santiago-Hudson's also remembers his  long-standing friendship and working relationship with August Wilson. Santiago-Hudson has not only directed many of the writer's plays, but won a Best Featured Actor TONY Award in 1996 for his performance in Wilson's "Seven Guitars."

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