Gallery Players Hail Lawrence James and Gil Charleston for Jitney

News   Gallery Players Hail Lawrence James and Gil Charleston for Jitney
Casting has been announced for the Gallery Players production of August Wilson's Jitney, directed by Broadway veteran Gregory Simmons, which will pull into Brooklyn March 19.

Inhabiting the 1977-set work are Lawrence James, Gil Charleston, Kwaku Driskell, Barry L. Johnson, Franck Juste, Ivan Moore, Iman Richardson, Terrence Charles Rogers and Lawrence Winslow.

The drama, which played an Off-Broadway run in 2000, will run through April 3. Director Simmons last appeared on Broadway in Tennessee Williams' Not About Nightingales and Off-Broadway in Howard Korder's Search and Destroy.

The production will have scenic design by Brian Ireland, costume design by Sara Baldocchi-Byrne and lighting design Porsche McGovern.

Here's how the Gallery Players bill the play: "Set in 1977 in the Hill District of Pittsburgh that is served by a makeshift taxi company, August Wilson’s Jitney is a beautiful addition to the author’s decade-by-decade cycle of plays about the black American experience in the twentieth century. The men who drive gypsy cabs, or 'jitneys,' strive to find honor and accomplishment in a harsh world. When the station owner’s estranged son returns from prison, their reunion unleashes two decades of brutal, raw emotion."

For tickets call (718) 595-0547 or visit The Gallery Players is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, at 199 14th Street. Those in Manhattan can reach the theatre by taking the F train to 4th Avenue or the R train to 9th Street.


The Gallery Players, a Brooklyn theatrical institution, boasts numerous Broadway folk among its alumni, including Harvey Fierstein (A Catered Affair, Hairspray, Torch Song Trilogy), Jennifer Barnhart (Avenue Q), Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd), Diedre Goodwin (A Chorus Line, Chicago), Seth Rudetsky (Seth’s Broadway Chatterbox), Garrett Long (The Spitfire Grill) and John Rando (director of Broadway's Urinetown and The Wedding Singer).

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