by August Wilson
Directed by L. Peter Callender
“Comic, soulful and immensely moving.” -Time Out
The Ninth Installment in our Century Cycle
The American Stage tradition continues with this winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Award for “BEST NEW PLAY”. Set in 1977 at a makeshift taxi company in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, JITNEY is a beautiful addition to the August Wilson’s decade by decade cycle of plays about the black American experience in the twentieth century.
Satchel André (Youngblood) is ecstatic to be making his debut with American Stage Theatre Company. He is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Southern California, and he currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where he works as an actor. His most recent TV appearances were on Deadly Wives, 99 Percent Gang, and Class. In his free time, Satchel enjoys making music on his computer and plans to release his first full-length EP called Occoquan in 2016. Please keep up with him on his twitter page @aboycalledsatch. Satchel would like to thank each and every one of you for coming to see this production of August Wilson’s Jitney.
Mujahid Abdul-Rashid* (Becker) is happy to be on-board for the first time with the American Stage Theatre Company. Having performed in six other August Wilson plays, this role is his eighth time playing one of Wilson’s characters. He played Troy in Fences (The San Jose Multicultural Center, San Jose, CA), Doaker in The Piano Lesson and Doub in Jitney (The Portland Playhouse, Portland, OR), Caesar in Gem of the Ocean (The Cygnet Theater, San Diego, CA), Hedley in Seven Guitars (The Artists Rep, Portland, OR), Canewell in Seven Guitars (The Lorraine Hansberry Theater, San Francisco, CA), and Memphis Lee in Two Trains Running (Theater Works, Palo Alto/MountainView, CA). Additionally, Mujahid has starred in Athol Fugard’s My Children, My Africa!, and the play The Remote Control. Abdul-Rashid is also a singer. In Junior High, upon seeing the great Joe Williams sing in front of The Count Basie Big Band (on black and white T.V.), Mujahid promised himself that one day he would do the same. It took a while, but dreams do come true: this past September he sang in front of Marcus Shelby’s 15 piece Jazz Orchestra. “Find that thing that gives you that zest for life and as best you can, stick with it. That’s part of what this thing called life is about.”
Josh Goff (Philmore) studied theater at University of South Florida, and has been performing theatre in the Bay area for the last 20 years. Josh was last seen in Stageworks Theatre’s production of The Motherfucker with the Hat. He was also in Stageworks productions of A Raisin in the Sun, The Colored Museum, and The Meeting. Josh Goff is very happy to be making his debut at American Stage.
Jazmine Pierce (Rena) Born in San Diego, CA, Jazmine attended San Diego State University. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she relocated to the San Francisco area where she studied at the Waterfront Playhouse and Conservatory in Berkeley, CA. Jazmine’s most recent roles include Kate in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People, presented by Body Electric Productions, and April Ambers in a feature film titled Six Feet from the Edge, produced by Unbounded Ambition Films. She is absolutely delighted to be a part of the Jitney cast at the America Stage and IS excited to explore St. Petersburg. As an avid traveler, Florida is a state that has long been on her list of places to experience.
“ranney”* (Doub) was last seen at American Stage Theatre Company as Sterling in Radio Golf (2015 Outstanding Feature Role in a Play – Theatre Tampa Bay). Other roles include Hambone in ASTC’s Two Trains Running (2014 Outstanding Feature Role in a Play – Theatre Tampa Bay); Boy Willie in Center Theatre Company’s The Piano Lesson (Critic’s Choice for Best Actor – Creative Loafing); Adriana/Antipholis/others in Ambassadors Theatre’s The Bomb-Itty of Errors (Stage Award – Best Ensemble) on London’s West End; Chutes&Ladders in Nevada Conservatory Theatre’s Water by the Spoonful; Hedley in NCT’s Seven Guitars; Link in Jobsite Theater’s Topdog/Underdog; and Henry in Jobsite’s Race.“ranney” was the premier comedian at the Apollo Theater’s Laff Tuesdays. One man shows include And the Horse You Rode In On (Projects Arts Centre – Dublin), Whatever (Peoples Improv Theater – New York), and Cufflinks and Jolly Ranchers for Dummies (Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Scotland). www.itsranney.com.
Adrian Roberts* (Booster) is excited to be working at American Stage. Mr. Roberts was last seen as King Basillio in Life is a Dream at California Shakepeare, Gabriel in Breakfast with Mugabe at the Aurora Theater, Gabriel in Fences at Marin Theater Co., Charles Boyd in pen/man/ship at the Magic Theater, Claudius in Hamlet at Cal Shakes, Lucious Jenkins in Jesus Hopped The A Train at Capitol Stage, Playboy Of The West Indies at Lincoln Center, three seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among many other regional credits. Mr. Roberts has also appeared on such television shows as Scrubs, Criminal Minds, Brothers & Sisters, and Trauma. Mr. Roberts is a graduate of American Conservatory Theater MFA program.
Ron Bobb-Semple* (Fielding) is pleased to return to American Stage. His stage credits include August Wilson’s Jitney, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson, and Fences; Athol Fugard’s My Children, My Africa! and A Lesson from Aloes; Ernest J Gaines’s A Lesson Before Dying; Richard Strans’s Ten Percent of Marta Solano; Joyce Sylvester’s A Freeman’s Hope; Bernard Yanelli’s Not Our Time; Derek Walcott’s Steel; and Bingo!, a musical directed by the legendary Ossie Davis who said, “Ron, you are one of the most gifted performers I have worked with.” Bobb-Semple’s directorial credits include Superior Donuts, A Raisin in the Sun, The Colored Museum, Ghosts of Hyde Park, Hit and Run, and Interactions. Ron, who was born in Guyana, presented his one-man cultural and educational The Spirit of Marcus Garvey in Senegal, Ghana, London, Sweden, Belgium, Germany Bermuda, Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, U.S Virgin Islands, and across the United States.
Kim Sullivan* (Turnbo) is happy to return to the American Stage for his ninth production in the August Wilson Century Cycle. His latest credit was a revisiting of one of his favorite roles, Wining Boy in The Piano Lesson at Gallery Players of Brooklyn N.Y. Last season he was Roosevelt Hicks in Radio Golf, for which he was nominated for a Creative Loafing Best of the Bay award. Mr. Sullivan won a Best of the Bay award for his portrayal of Wining Boy for the American Stage production of The Piano Lesson. He has also portrayed Toledo in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Stool Pigeon in King Hedley II, Canewell in Seven Guitars, and Solly Two Kings in Gem of the Ocean. Other credits include Cal in Little Foxes at Cleveland Playhouse and Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol at Virginia Stage. Mr. Sullivan was Judge Runyon on the soap opera One Life to Live. Mr Sullivan is most happy to reunite with his old acting pal L. Peter Callender.
Aaron Washington (Shealy) has been in Florida for 8 years and has performed for companies and theatres such as Event Show Productions, Busch Gardens, Capital Theatre (Ohio), The Show Palace Dinner Theatre, and most recently with Stageworks in the rolling premiere of Lights Rise on Grace as Large. A native of Ohio, some of Aaron’s favorite roles include Frankie in Three Ways Home, Paul in Six Degrees of Separation, Horse in The Full Monty and Tinman in The Wiz. While at Wright State University, he was a member of the cast of the premiere Harlem Renaissance in Black and White. Currently, when not onstage, Aaron is Events Coordinator for The Carrollwood Cultural Center.
“There is humor and heart in JITNEY, and some surprises too. Wilson’s work speaks to characters of all races who are seldom seen but should be. As the playwright once said, he did not write for black or white audiences but about the black experience.”
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