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Book of Job Project at Exodus

Directed and Adapted by Bryan Doerries

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Wed, Jul 01.2020 4:00 PM

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About the play

  • The Book of Job by Translated by Stephen Mitchell

    The Book of Job is an ancient Hebrew poem that timelessly explores how humans behave when bad things happen to good people. At the beginning of the poem, Job, a righteous and prosperous man, is tested by God. In the span of one day, he loses everything—his children, his crops, his livestock, his house, and his health. Convinced of his own innocence, Job sits silently in the dirt behind what's left of his home and asks God for an explanation. But God doesn't answer. Job is visited by a group of friends who, at first, sympathize with his suffering, but when Job begins to question why he has been singled out and made to suffer, they condemn his behavior and accuse him of having done something to deserve his terrible fate. In spite of these accusations, Job clings to the belief that he has done nothing wrong and continues to shake his fists at the sky in righteous indignation. At the very end of the poem, God reveals himself to Job as a disembodied voice within a whirlwind and rebukes him for presuming to understand His will. Job covers his mouth and falls silent, and—in an enigmatic ending—God restores his health and prosperity, doubling his children, his livestock, and his crops.

Cast Members

  • Jeffrey Wright Headshot

    Jeffrey Wright

    Job

  • Kimberly Hèbert Headshot

    Kimberly Hèbert

    Job's Wife

  • Frankie Faison Headshot

    Frankie Faison

    God

  • David Strathairn Headshot

    David Strathairn

    Bildad, Messenger 1

  • Jumaane Williams Headshot

    Jumaane Williams

    Zophar, Messenger 2

  • David Zayas Headshot

    David Zayas

    Eliphaz, Messenger 3

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