Student Matinees

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 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.