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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

?The best play of the new year?by a hop, skip, and a mile! Speaking to us with such generous heart. . .? (John Heilpern, New York Observer)

?This Jitney is a transport of delight. So vividly written, . . . it keeps you steadily amused, concerned, and moved.? (John Simon, New York Magazine)

A thoroughly revised version of a play August Wilson first wrote in 1979, Jitney was produced in New York for the first time in the spring of 2000, winning rave reviews and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as the Best Play of the Year. Set in the 1970s in Pittsburgh?s Hill District, and depicting gypsy cabdrivers who serve black neighborhoods, Jitney is the seventh in Wilson?s projected 10-play cycle (one for each decade) on the black experience in twentieth century America. He writes not about historical events or the pathologies of the black community, but, as he says, about ?the unique particulars of black culture . . . I wanted to place this culture onstage in all its richness and fullness and to demonstrate its ability to sustain us . . . through profound moments in our history in which the larger society has thought less of us than we have thought of ourselves.?

Synopsis:

A thoroughly revised version of a play August Wilson first wrote in 1979, Jitney was produced in New York for the first time in the spring of 2000, winning rave reviews and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as the Best Play of the Year. Set in the 1970s in Pittsburgh's Hill District, and depicting gypsy cabdrivers who serve black neighborhoods, Jitney is the seventh in Wilson's projected 10-play cycle (one for each decade) on the black experience in twentieth century America. He writes not about historical events or the pathologies of the black community, but, as he says, about "the unique particulars of black culture . . . I wanted to place this culture onstage in all its richness and fullness and to demonstrate its ability to sustain us . . . through profound moments in our history in which the larger society has thought less of us than we have thought of ourselves".

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585671861
Author:
Wilson, August
Publisher:
Overlook Press
Location:
Woodstock, N.Y.
Subject:
American
Subject:
Historical drama
Subject:
Pittsburgh
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Pittsburgh (Pa.)
Subject:
Taxicab drivers
Subject:
Hill District
Subject:
African American neighborhoods
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
November 2001
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
8.58x5.82x.54 in. .54 lbs.

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Product details 120 pages Overlook Press - English 9781585671861 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A thoroughly revised version of a play August Wilson first wrote in 1979, Jitney was produced in New York for the first time in the spring of 2000, winning rave reviews and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as the Best Play of the Year. Set in the 1970s in Pittsburgh's Hill District, and depicting gypsy cabdrivers who serve black neighborhoods, Jitney is the seventh in Wilson's projected 10-play cycle (one for each decade) on the black experience in twentieth century America. He writes not about historical events or the pathologies of the black community, but, as he says, about "the unique particulars of black culture . . . I wanted to place this culture onstage in all its richness and fullness and to demonstrate its ability to sustain us . . . through profound moments in our history in which the larger society has thought less of us than we have thought of ourselves".
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