August Wilson’s Jitney to Make Broadway Debut

News   August Wilson’s Jitney to Make Broadway Debut Manhattan Theatre Club has announced two additional productions for its new season, including Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living.
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Manhattan Theatre Club has announced two additional productions for its 2016-17 season. On Broadway MTC will present August Wilson’s Jitney, never before seen on the Great White Way, with direction by Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson; Off-Broadway the theatre company will offer Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living, directed by Jo Bonney.

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Martyna Majok

The Broadway premiere of August Wilson’s Jitney will begin previews December 28 with an official opening night set for January 19, 2017, at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The play is the only work from Wilson’s The American Century Cycle never seen on Broadway. Set in the early 1970’s, the story follows a group of men who drive unlicensed cabs or jitneys.

“When the city threatens to board up the business and the boss’ son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last,” state production notes. Casting and additional creative team members will be announced at a later date.

At New York City Center – Stage I, MTC will present Cost of Living, beginning April 25, 2017. The New York premiere is produced in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival, where it will have its world premiere this summer. In Majok’s newest drama, the lives of four very different people intersect.

“Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, reunites with his ex-wife Ani after she suffers a devastating accident. John, a brilliant and witty doctoral student, hires over-worked Jess, a caregiver,” state production notes. “As their lives intersect, Majok’s play delves into the chasm between abundance and need and explores the space where bodies — abled and disabled — meet each other.” The Off-Broadway engagement is set to officially open May 16.

New and renewing subscribers can join the 2016-17 season by calling The MTC Clubline at (212) 399-3050. Single tickets will be available at a later date.

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