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Book of Job

Dramatic Reading of The Book of Job, by Translated by Stephen Mitchell

Directed and Adapted by Bryan Doerries

Developed in collaboration with PopTech, The Book of Job was created to promote healing dialogue within the community of Joplin, which was devastated by a tornado in May 2011. The project has since been presented all over the country and the world, from New York City (Hurricane Sandy), to Pascagoula, MS (10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina), to Japan (Fukushima).

I talked to a lady after the tornado—she said she wished she had died instead of a friend. I think she was in so much pain. I listened, but I wish I could have known what to say. She had lost hope. She definitely was wanting to curse God. All I could do was pray and I cried. I now wish I had said nothing and just held her. Words aren’t always helpful.
Audience member, College Heights Christian Church (Joplin, MO, 2012)
The Spirit Tree in Joplin, MO, which survived the tornado and was painted to commemorate the one-year anniversary. Photo by Wyatt Mason

About the play

  • The Book of Job by Translated by Stephen Mitchell

    The Book of Job, from the Hebrew and Christian holy books, addresses themes of spiritual transformation, faith and human suffering at the hands of the Divine. A righteous and pious man, Job’s faith is tested when God takes away all that he’s been blessed with – his wealth, children, and health. Throughout his trials and suffering, though he challenges ideals of Divine justice, Job’s piety never waivers. Ultimately, after reconciling with God’s wisdom and power, God restores and increases Job’s prosperity

Book of Job Highlights

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Book of Job

A short documentary on the Book of Job in Joplin, MO

Joplin, MO / 2012

Book of Job was first presented in Joplin, MO in 2012, on the anniversary of the the tornado that devastated the Joplin community.

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Book of Job

Telling Story of Job at Sandy-Ravaged Synagogue in Rockaways

Queens, NY / 2013

Theater of War Productions presented Book of Job in West End Temple in the Rockaways, marking the first time congregants stepped foot in the sanctuary after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. See article in The Forward.

Paul Giamatti Job In Joplin
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Actors bring Book of Job to life for Joplin audiences

The Joplin Globe / 2012

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The Book of Job as Community Theater Readings after Superstorm Sandy and other disasters

Public Seminar / 2014

Harpers Job
Book of Job

You Are Not Alone Across Time: Using Sophocles to treat PTSD

Harpers Magazine / 2014

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