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epub ð Jitney author August Wilson ó August Wilson Set in the 1970s in Pittsburgh's Hill District and depicting gypsy cab drivers who serve black neighborhoods Jitney is the seventh in August Wilson's projected ten play cycle one for each decade on the black experience in twentieth century America A thoroughly revised version of a play Wilson first wrote in 197 August Wilson was a special treasure for the City of Pittsburgh His crowning gem was probable The Pittsburgh Cycle a series of 10 plays each set in a different decade revealing life for African Americans in the City of Pittsburgh Jitney is the story of Pittsburgh in the 1970's Set in Pittsburgh's Hill District during a period of Urban Renewal Jitney service in Pittsburgh was very much a part of everyday life It also provided a microcosm for August Wilson to explore personalities and struggles faced by these drivers Struggles against challenges with government personal relationships and even with themselves are all hereThe characters are real and the frustrations and aspirations are accurately drawn August Wilson always breathes true life into his characters The men drawn here are people we have all met trying to improve themselves trying to help their families and merely trying to surviveYou care about these people and their struggles and ache for their pain in being unable to fight the juggernaut of the government and the oppression of society with its expectations August Wilson is always a good read

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read epub ↠ Jitney author August Wilson æ Paperback Æ moneyexpresscard ï Set in the 1970s in Pittsburgh's Hill District and depicting gypsy cab drivers who serve black neighborhoods Jitney is the seventh in August Wilson's projected ten play cycle one for each decade on the black experie 9 Jitney was produced in New York for the first time in spring 2000 winning rave reviews and the accolade of the New York Drama Critics Circle as the best play of the yearOne of contemporary theater's most distinguished and elouent voices Wilson writes not about historical events or the pathologies of the black Penumbra Theater in St Paul Minnesota is celebrating its 40th Anniversary The theater's founders imagined a theater for by and about the black community It is only fitting that as part of its anniversary celebration that they have chosen to produce August Wilson's Jitney as Penumbra has a storied history with playwright August Wilson For instance Jitney was first produced as a one act at Penumbra in 1984 and has been produced twice since at Penumbra Penumbra's Bookends program offers theatre patrons a pre and post discussion of each of its productions I was fortunate to get tickets for these discussions but was not able to see the production itself so I decided to read it As a theatre major and teacher I understand that reading a play is an entirely different experience than attending a performance of said play Sans spectacle and melody one has the opportunity to look entirely at plot character and theme I'm not a fan of drama strictly as literature A Pioneer Press reviewer referred to the cacophony of voices in Penumbra's current production That wasn't my experience in reading the scriptJitney refers to the nickel it cost in the early 20th century to take an unlicensed cab generally centered in communities taxis didn't serve Eventually jitney referred to the cab itself As Marion Isaac McClinton says in the introduction to the play When he was driving jitneys he wasn't just making money to take care of himself he was also doing something to help take care of his community He was'providing a service' Set in 1977 Pittsburg Jitney takes place in a jitney storefront where a group of jitney drivers and the people in their lives congregate We learn that developers are going to level the block from which the jitney dispatches cabs threatening the livelihoods and dreams of the drivers and those in their livesAs a reader what was compelling to me were the themes implicit in the story uestions I would like to ask at the final Bookend gathering will center around these themes With the goal of a theatre that is for by and about the black community which themes are particular to that community and which are universal in nature? In terms of windows and mirrors then what does the black community see reflected about itself? What do those from other communities learn both about the black community and about themselves by looking through this window? Which ideas are a function of race and which are functions of class? Given that the play is set in 1977 are the thematic ideas still relevant today? What has changed and what has not?Some thematic ideas that I found interesting include I am curious about the use of the word slave and nigger by the characters towards one another p 29 'What sense does it make for that McNeil boy to steal his grandmama's television? What sense it make for Shealy's nephew to break in Taylor's bar? What sense it make for that boy to run with his girlfriend's sister? Half these niggers around here running on empty and that boy at the top of the list' p 30 'It ain't easy these days to raise a child I don't know what's in these young boys' heads Seem like they don't respect nobody They don't even respect themselves When I was coming along that was the first thing you learned If you don't respect yourselfuite naturally you couldn't respect nobody else When I was coming along the respect you had for other peoplethe people respected you Seem like it come back to you double' p31 'I just try to live and let live' p 32 'Man these white folks is slick They think of all kind of ways to get your money' p 36 'I'm just tiredCan't hardly explain it none You look up one day and all you got left is what you ain't spent Everyday cost you something and you don't all the time realize it' p 38 'They won't be satisfied until they tear the whole goddam neighborhood down' p 52 'You got to have somebody you can count on you know p 55 'You ain't got nothing now You got less than the day you was born Then you had some dignity Some innocenceYou ain't got nothing now You took and threw it all away' p 55 'What I ain't got is a son that did me honorThe Bible say Honor thy father and thy mother I ain't got that I ain't got a son I can be proud of That's what I ain't got A son to come up behind meliving a good honest decent life I got a son people point to and say That's Becker's boy That's the one that killed that gal That's Becker's boy The one they gave the electric chair That's Becker's boy' p 56 'I taught you two wrongs don't make a right' p 56 'I don't know if you knew it Pop but you were a big man Everywhere you went people treated you like a big manI would just look at you and wonder how you could be that big I wanted to be like that I would go to school and try to make myself feel big But I never could I told myself that's okaywhen I got grown I'm gonna be big like thatI told myself if I ever got big I wouldn't let nothing make me small' p 62 'It's them pretty womenget a man killed' p 63 'The first thing a man do when he get a woman he don't want nobody else to have her He say this is mine i'm gonna hold on to this I'm gonna go over and see Betty Jean but I'm gonna hold on to this If I catch anybody sneaking around her sniffingI'm gonna bust his nose and break both of his legsHe say that then he go on over to Betty Jean He don't know some fellow done said the same thing about catching somebody around Betty Jean' p 64 'The white man ain't paying you no mind You ought to stop thinking like that They been planning to tear these shacks down before you was born You keep thinking everybody's against you and you ain't never gonna get nothing I seen a hundred niggers too lazy to get up out the bed in the morning talking about the white an is against them That's just an excuse You want to make something of your life then the opportunity is there You just have to shake off that White folks is against me attitude Hell they don't even know you alive' p 65 'They knew I was alive when they drafted me and sent me over to Vietnam' p 67 'It ain't all the time what you want Sometimes it's about what you need Black folks always get the two confused' p 74 'I want somebody who's gonna share with menot hide things from me' p 75 'And you supposed to knowYou supposed to know what's important to me like I'm supposed to know what's important to you I'm not aski

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Jitney author August WilsCommunity but as he says about the uniue 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 This book gets 355 stars too bad goodreads doesn't give 12 stars But anyway as I continue to read the August Wilson Century Cycle books during this fake spring break I realize that this man does not fail to keep his characters grounded and true to the African American societies of each decade Jitney is a play focusing on gypsy cab drivers post Vietnam War in Pittsburgh 1977 There are men of all ages ranging from the Elder Turnbo whose memories of the military and war do not fail to falter Then we have Fielding Becker and Youngblood whose high hopes and dreams do not seem to come true because of the poor situations that he is living in At only 24 he was already in the military as well as raising a son and trying to maintain a marriage that his wife believes is all lies Not to give anything away but Wilson does keep me engaged in his plays at all times His accomplishments range from Pulitzer Prizes to Broadway theatres named in his honor I do plan to read all 9 or 10 books of this cycle And I know that I will be opened to ideas and struggles that african americans bravely came out of