J.B.: A Play in Verse (acting edition) (Paperback)

J.B.: A Play in Verse (acting edition) By Archibald MacLeish Cover Image


Full-lenth drama
12 males, 9 females
Cast: 19 total

Winner of the 1959 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Winner of the 1959 Tony® Award, Best Play

Based on the biblical story of Job, this drama in verse tells the story of a twentieth-century American banker and millionaire whom God commands be stripped of his family and wealth, but who refuses to turn his back on God. The play sparked a national conversation about the nature of God, the meaning of hope, and the role of the artist in society. The drama premiered at the ANTA Theatre in New York City on Dec. 11, 1958, starring Pat Hingle, Raymond Massey, Christopher Plummer, and Nan Martin.

Praise For…

"A fresh and exalting morality that has great stature. It is one of the memorable works of the century as verse, as drama and as spiritual inquiry...We are deep in the unanswered problems of man's relationship to God in an era of cruel injustices. J.B. is Mr. MacLeish's counterpart of the immortal Job. The glory of the play is that, as in the Book of Job, J.B. does not curse God. When he is reunited with his wife, two humbled but valiant people accept the universe, agree to begin life all over again, expecting no justice but unswerving in their devotion to God... In every respect, it is theatre on its highest level." -The New York Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780573610912
Publisher: Samuel French Inc.
Publication Date:
Pages: 113