Theatre at Grand Valley Presents J. B.

J. B.

March 23 - 31, 2018

Written by Archibald Macleish

Directed by Roger Ellis

Louis Armstrong Theatre, Haas Center for Performing Arts, Allendale Campus

The play opens in "a corner inside an enormous circus tent". Two vendors, Mr. Zuss (evoking the chief Greek god Zeus; zuss is also German for "sweet") and Nickles (i.e. "Old Nick," a folk name for the Devil) begin the play-within-a-play by assuming the roles of God and Satan, respectively. They overhear J.B., a wealthy banker, describe his prosperity as a just reward for his faithfulness to God. Scorning him, Nickles wagers that J.B. will curse God if his life is ruined. Nickles and Zuss then watch as J.B.'s children are killed and his property is ruined and the former millionaire is left to the streets. J.B. is then visited by three Comforters (representing History, Science and Religion) who each offer a different explanation for his plight. J.B. declines to believe any of them, instead asking God himself to explain. Instead he encounters Zuss and Nickles. Nickles urges him to commit suicide in order to spite God; Zuss offers him his old life back if he will promise to obey God. J.B. rejects them both, and instead finds comfort in the person of his wife Sarah. The play ends with the two building a new life together.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, faculty, staff, alumni, and $6 for students and groups of 10 or more.

Tickets increase $1 on the day of the performance.



J.B. by Archibald Macleish & NO EXIT by Jean-Paul Sartre
Stage Productions of GVSU’s Theatre Program will be held in the Theatre Lab 1721 PAC
Saturday January 20, noon – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday January 21, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

J.B. by Archibald Macleish
• staged by Dr. Roger Ellis
• 29 roles – 3 men & 3 women & 23 men/women unisex
• 7 performances March 23 – 31
• Louis Armstrong Theatre (Allendale Campus)
No audition preparation is required, but memorized & rehearsed monologues are strongly recommended.
More information & audition times reservations are available at the theatre box office in the PAC lobby 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For information on the show and rehearsals, click here.

For information on the character breakdown, click here.

Page last modified January 2, 2018