Broadway’s Jitney Cast Will Bring the Play to Life at Queens Library

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Four cast members from the Tony-winning revival will take part in select readings and an audience Q&A.
Brandon J. Dirden and John Douglas Thompson Joan Marcus

Four cast members from the Broadway production of Jitney are set to return to the play August 7 to perform select readings and take part in an audience Q&A at the Queens Library. The acclaimed production, which wrapped up performances on Broadway March 12, was nominated for six Tony Awards and won the prize for Best Revival of a Play.

The four actors who will take part are Brandon J. Dirden, who played Booster; Jerome Preston Bates, who was the understudy for Becker; Brian D. Coats, who was the understudy for Fielding, Shealy, and Philmore; and Ray Anthony Thomas, who was the understudy for Doub and Turnbo.

The Queens Library is located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, and the event will take place from 6:30–8 PM. To purchase tickets, click here.

Set in the early 1970s, August Wilson’s Jitney follows a group of men who make a living driving unlicensed cabs or jitneys.

Jitney, the only work from the late two-time Pulitzer Prize winner’s American Century Cycle that was never previously seen on Broadway, began performances December 28, 2016, and officially opened January 19.

Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the cast also included Michael Potts, John Douglas Thompson, Harvy Blanks, Anthony Chisholm, André Holland, Carra Patterson, Keith Randolph Smith, and Ray Anthony Thomas.

Flip through photos of the show, as well as its star-studded opening night below:


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