Main Season Production
March 8-24, 2024

The following show is SOLD OUT:
  • Jitney: March 16, 2024 7:30pm - Saturday
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Jitney
By August Wilson
Directed by Angela Littleton

Dates: March 8-24, 2024
Times: Thu-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm
Tickets: $24, $19, $12

Get set to be mesmerized by August Wilson's "Jitney." This Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, known for masterpieces like "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," and "Fences," takes us on a ride through 1970s Pittsburgh. Directed by the talented Angela Littleton, this play unearths the compelling tale of a group of itinerant Black drivers providing vital taxi services to their communities. It's a story brimming with family conflict, the shadow of Vietnam, battles against addiction, and confronting the ever-present specter of racism in this terrific ensemble piece.

Pay-What-You-Will: Sunday, March 10, 2024
Talkback: Sunday, March 17, 2024

The play is the eighth in Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle and was written in 1979. Regular taxis will not go into the Pittsburgh Hill District, so residents turn to unofficial, unlicensed cabs (jitneys). The play portrays the lives of five drivers at a station owned by Jim Becker. Themes of father/son conflict, the Vietnam War, racism and addiction fill this powerful ensemble work. August Wilson is the author of The Piano Lesson, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, and Joe Turner's Come and Gone. He won two Pulitzer Prizes in Drama, a Tony award, Drama Desk Award, Academy Award and NY Drama Critics’ Circle Award .

Director Littleton says "I'm looking forward to bringing August Wilson to Albuquerque.  I'm sure the power of his words will resonate with many people. I hope that people will see themselves and their own relationships in these characters."

The production will feature Marcus Ivey (The Mountaintop, Blood Knot), Gene Corbin (Showboat, Ragtime), Nicee Wagner (The Mountaintop, The Yellow Boat, The Revolutionists), Dachary Vann (The Yellow Boat, Romeo and Juliet, This is Modern Art, Hir), Darryl DeLoach, Finnie Coleman, Mack Leamon, and Steven Higgins.

This production is supported by the City of Albuquerque OEI Black Community Engagement program and the New Mexico Black Leadership Council. The Vortex gratefully thanks them for their help in bringing this production to you.


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