Archibald MacLeish



J.R and Celeste Wahlert Theater - Wahlert Catholic High School


Friday, October 10th, 2015 - 4:00pm
Saturday, October 11th, 2015 - 7:30pm
Sunday, October 12th, 2015 - 2:00pm


J. B. is a verse play set on the stage of a deserted circus tent. Zuss (an allusion to the Greek god Zeus) and Nickles (a reference to Old Nick, a name for the devil), two former actors turned vendors, have met to stage their version of the Book of Job. Most of the play follows the Book of Job closely. J. B., a wealthy banker, is convinced that he is lucky to have been blessed by God; his wife, Sarah, believes that their wealth is part of a contract: If they fail to live up to their obligations to God, they can lose everything. Nickles goads Zuss into a wager that J. B. will not curse God regardless of how much he is made to suffer.


J.B. Program