Theatre Department presents J.B.

Final play of the season is based on the Biblical account of Job


Date posted: April 6, 2011

MILWAUKEE – J.B., the final play in the Wisconsin Lutheran College Theatre Department’s season, opens Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m.

In the aftermath of the atrocities of two world wars, author Archibald MacLeish wondered how people could retain hope and keep on living with all the suffering in the world. This play, J.B., was his response.

Based on the Biblical account of Job, this modernized "verse" play reflects MacLeish's contention that turning to the Bible as a framework seemed sensible "when you are dealing with questions too large for you which, nevertheless, will not leave you alone." Though stripped of his fortune and family, J.B. (like his Biblical counterpart) refuses to turn his back on God.

J.B. is directed by Jay Sierszyn, associate professor of theatre. Performances on April 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 will be at 8 p.m. The show on Sunday, April 10 will be at 3 p.m.

All performances take place in the Center for Arts and Performance Raabe Theatre, 8815 West Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for students. For more information or to order tickets, call the Box Office at 414.443.8802 or visit

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent Christian college in Milwaukee that is recognized for its academic excellence and Christian leadership tenets.