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J.B.

By Archibald MacLeish; Directed by Candace Upton

Facing a financial crisis, two Wall Street Bankers (and former actors) Zuss and Nickles decide to act out the story of Job, and thus begins Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer Prize–winning play-within-a-play. Successful financier and family man J.B. loses everything, including his children and wife, and is left struggling for meaning in his painful existence as even his health deteriorates. Nickles himself, who plays Satan, manipulates J.B.'s world, trying to wrench out of him a curse to God or force him into suicide. God, played by Ms Zuss, appears to J.B. at the nadir of his suffering, pinning him between Good and Evil. Ultimately, it is the human capacity for love and compassion that saves J.B.

MacLeish wrote this play after his work with the War Department during WWII, as he personally struggled to make "injustice, justice, and God good." With elegant verse and a modern cast of characters, the play-within-a-play makes the millenia-old tale seem to be ripped from today's headlines: wrenching, accessible, and personal.

NOTE: This show contains inferred violence and talk of death and may not be suitable for all pre-teens.

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Cast

Jonathan/Boy
 
Joey Arvay
Zuss
 
Jacqui Campbell
Rebecca
 
Callie Collins
Bildad
 
Elise Dervinis
Ruth/Jolly
 
Ali Dougherty
Mrs. Botticelli/Girl
 
Allison Greet
J.B.
 
Tim Long
Sarah
 
Cathy Mostek
Nickles
 
Drew Orfetel
Soldier/Reporter/Policeman
 
Pat Reavey
Mrs. Leisure/Mary
 
Christine Robinson
Eliphaz/David/Reporter/Policeman
 
Scott Ryan
Zophar
 
Drew Taylor
Mrs. Murphy/Soldier
 
Robin Werkema

Staff

Director
 
Candace Upton
Consulting Director
 
Ron Quirk
Producer
 
Carolyn Salerno
Costume Coordinator
 
Lindsay Franklin
Set Designer
 
Wayne Grinwis
Stage Manager
 
Tracy Bell
Props Coordinator
 
Christine Robinson
Technical Director
 
Ed Mackey

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