Powell's Daughter Out of NT's Jitney???
Date: 1 October 2001
Actress Linda Powell, daughter of the US Secretary of State Colin Powell, could well be forced out of her role in the National Theatre's forthcoming production of August Wilson's Jitney. Given the high-profile position currently occupied by US government officials following recent terrorist attacks, Powell's daughter is believed to be on the verge of pulling out. Jitney is scheduled to open at the NT on 16 October 2001, and Wilson's drama portrays the everyday struggles of Pittsburgh cab drivers. Based around the city's Hill District, the cabbie community is forced to reckon with impending changes as its traditional livelihood crumbles. The play recently ran in New York for 18 months, but was first produced in 1978 and revived in 1997 at the Carolina National Black Theatre Festival.
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