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Messiah College theatre department presents poetic drama “J.B.”

September 25th, 2013

Joe D'Ambrosi Cary BurkettClick on images to download print-quality version. Pictured are lead characters (left) Nickles/Satan played by student Joe D’Ambrosi and Zuss/God played by WITF’s Cary Burkett.

GRANTHAM, Pa. (Sept. 25, 2013) — The Messiah College Department of Theatre and Dance presents Archibald MacLeish’s modern retelling of the biblical account of Job Oct. 16 through Oct. 20.  Show times for “J.B.” are 8 p.m. on Oct. 16, 17, 18 and 19 and 3 p.m. on Oct. 20.  After the last show Oct. 20, local religious leaders and health care providers will reflect on their personal experiences in grief counseling in a post-performance conversation.  General admission tickets cost $10; student and senior citizen tickets cost $7.  To purchase a ticket, contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or visit  This play is best suited for ages 13 and older.

The drama, directed by Professor of Theatre Valerie Rae Smith, will be held in the Poorman Blackbox Theater located in the Climenhaga Building.  WITF’s Cary Burkett will play God/Zuss while guest designer Tom Ryan of Boom!Creative, LLC will design the production.

About “J.B.”
Originally written in 1958 by poet Archibald MacLeish and inspired by the biblical figure Job, “J.B.” captures its audience by placing a modern twist on an ancient account.  Rather than taking its viewers back into Bible times, the play opens inside an enormous modern-day circus where two clowns are considering the seemingly flawless man J.B.  Embracing the roles of God and Satan, these two clowns watch from a distance as J.B. encounters a painful variety of trials and temptations.  In the midst of his misery, heightened by his overwhelming feeling of abandonment by God, J.B.’s faith is put to the ultimate test.

About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg.

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