Episode 1: August Wilson’s JITNEY

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The big open, on all things August Wilson. In a deep dive on August Wilson’s JITNEY, Kevin drills down with Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson and actor Francois Battiste, and visits with Constanza Romero Wilson about her legendary husband’s life, legacy, and the future of the Pulitzer Prize-winner’s “Century Cycle.” Plus, a cameo by Tony Kushner. (As if a Tony Kushner cameo could ever be just a cameo.)

August Wilson’s JITNEY was produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club in association with Eric Falkenstein, Ron Simons, John Legend/Mike Jackson and Ken Wirth, with direction by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. A national tour launched at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 13, 2019 with upcoming stops in Detroit (Nov. 12 -16), Los Angeles (Nov. 22 – Dec. 29), San Diego (Jan 18 – Feb. 23), and Seattle (Feb. 28 – Mar 29.) Ticket information can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/jitney.


The Backdrop is hosted by Kevin Bleyer and produced by Nella Vera.

Special thanks to Samantha Schneider, Erin Salvi, Arena Stage and Theatre Communications Group/TCG Books.

The Backdrop artwork is by Philip Romano.

The August Wilson Century Cycle can be purchased on the TCG website.

Follow Kevin Bleyer and Nella Vera on Twitter: @kevinbleyer / @spinstripes


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