Artist Series: Jitney
Go behind-the-curtain before the performance! Join us for an exclusive, up-close conversation with Jitney actors Nija Okoro and Keith Randolph Smith to explore what August Wilson’s work means to them and the experience of performing as part of this acclaimed ensemble. Okoro previously appeared in August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the Taper, and Smith appeared on Broadway in Jitney, Fences, and King Hedley II.
About the Artist Series
Before the second Saturday matinee performance of every Taper show, our Artist Series includes a talk and question-and-answer session that create a complete theatrical experience for curious and passionate audiences.
About August Wilson's Jitney
In 2017, Jitney became the final play in two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s masterful The American Century Cycle to be seen on Broadway. Set in the early 1970s, this richly textured play follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city of Pittsburgh 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. Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Lackawanna Blues), one of Wilson’s finest interpreters, this acclaimed production of Jitney received six Tony® nominations, winning Best Revival of a Play, and winning the 2017 Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Play.
An RSVP to the Artist Series event does not include a ticket to the performance. Existing ticketholders are welcome to join us, but must RSVP to attend the Artists Series event.