Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"Jitney" Closes the Season to Raves

Thunderous applause greeted the last moments of August Wilson’s Jitney on May 18, as a cast of nine extraordinary actors took their bows. After the show, everyone met on Ela’s Terrace for the final Cast Party of the Season—and one of the most exciting.

The First Nighters had glowing words for the play, the director and all the artists as they partied in a colorfully hip ’70s setting, complete with a photo booth and some wild accessories for extra fun.  The praise was led by Honorary Producer Laurie Smits Staude, who has been an enthusiastic—and very involved—underwriter, from the Jitney design presentation on the first day of rehearsal all the way through opening night, when she had glowing compliments for everyone.

Her words were echoed by Joan Kaloustian, Senior Vice President of Honorary Associate Producer Union Bank, who added, “"Jitney has hit another home run for SCR, and Union Bank is proud to have been a part of it."

The raves continued over the weekend of performances capped by standing ovations and reviews that reflected the First Nighters’ enthusiasm, led by the Los Angeles Times (“A  poignant, rich slice of Wilson gets an excellent staging”) and the Orange County Register (“Simultaneously funny, touching and revealing, clearly the work of a master”)

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