Drama. By Stephen Jeffreys.
Cast: 2m., 1w. First produced by the Royal Court Theatre in London, this play had its American premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago. Set in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, I Just Stopped by to See the Man is a passionate and political ode to the power and truth of the blues. It tells the story of Jesse Davidson, the greatest living bluesman, long believed dead, who is living out his simple life with his activist daughter in a bare shack. Legend surrounds Jesse—like the story about him selling his soul to the devil so that he could play guitar. But when Karl, a famous English rocker who has been making a fortune off the legend's tunes, stumbles into their solitude and probes for the truth about Jesse, he triggers a confrontation of mythic proportions. Single set. Two Acts. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes.