On April 8, a special benefit performance of August Wilson's Jitney will be given in support of the African Grove Institute for the Arts. Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Glover, Savion Glover, Delroy Lindo, and Phylicia Rashad will serve as honorary chairs for the event.

AGIA is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1998 by Wilson and Dartmouth College professors Victor Walker and William Cook to help strengthen African-American theater companies around the country. By hosting regional and local seminars throughout the U.S., AGIA's intent is to help black theater artists identify and find solutions to artistic and financial hurdles they perennially face.

Jitney--the first play written by Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer-Prize winner--is receiving its New York premiere this spring in a production directed by Marion McClinton. The benefit performance will take place on Saturday, April 8 at the Second Stage Theatre, 681 8th Avenue at 43rd Street. The 8 p.m. performance will be followed by a reception with the cast, Wilson, McClinton, and members of AGIA's Board of Governors.

Tickets to the event and reception are $300 and $500, and may be reserved by calling 973-412-1907. All proceeds from the evening will benefit AGIA and its programs.