This season, you and your students can witness firsthand the unmatched brilliance of August Wilson produced by the theatre that provided him an artistic home for more than a decade. A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and creator of the renowned “20th Century Cycle,” Wilson’s plays are emotionally complex, lyrically rich, and politically engaged journeys into the hearts and minds of black Americans.
Here at Penumbra, we are tremendously proud to have supported, collaborated, and learned alongside this giant figure in American theatre. It is fitting that we will kick off our 40th anniversary season with Jitney. The first written work from the playwright’s 10-play cycle, Jitney follows a vibrant cast of characters at an underground cab company in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, where Wilson grew up as a child. Struggling to earn a living and provide a greatly needed service to their community, Wilson’s characters reveal the troubling effects of gentrification and its burden upon families.
This is an August Wilson production you and your students won’t want to miss! Bring your students to see a show and stay afterwards for a post-play discussion. Educators will also be provided with a study guide, standard-based curriculum, and contextual essay. Reserve your seats today to one of the following student matinees:
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 // 10am
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 // 10am
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 // 10am
Tickets for students, teachers, and chaperones are $8 per person and can be reserved by calling 651.224.3180 or emailing Anita Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your contact information, the total number of seats you would like to reserve, and date you would like to attend. Payment must be received by October 1, 2016. Recommended for audiences ages 14 and up.
40TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
STILL WE RISE
Four decades of struggle and triumph. Pride and perseverance. Unflinching honesty and transcendent beauty. Penumbra returns with a milestone celebration worth of the heroic past and provocative future of black arts. Join us as a new era awakens for our company and our community.
Penumbra Theatre produces artistically excellent, thought-provoking, relevant art that illuminates the human condition through the prism of the African American experience.
Penumbra’s Let’s Talk Series creates space for compassionate and challenging conversations around issues of social justice, equity, and the arts. Hosted by Sarah Bellamy, the event begins at 6:00pm with refreshments and light bites, followed by a 90-minute presentation and discussion.
Join us for film screenings followed by provocative discussion about the themes. REEL Talks are free, but reservations are required. Each event begins at 7:00pm.
“Penumbra doesn't just recreate what we see–it makes us see! ”
—T. Mychael Rambo