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I Just Stopped By to See the Man
I Just Stopped By to See the Man
"I Just Stopped By to See the Man is really about redemption and hope." —North County Times

"This is a tough, sensitive play about values and commitments, heads and hearts." —The Sunday Times, London

"In this richly humane and moving play, Stephen Jeffreys explores a fascinating corner of social and artistic history… It isn't issues that drive the play but people and the love of music itself." —The Daily Telegraph

"I Just Stopped By to See the Man is a rare pleasure, an interesting and involving play about the blues…an extremely atmospheric, well-constructed play." —Curtain Up, London

"As a practiced dramatist, Jeffreys understands the importance of desperation and he shrewdly parcels it out among his three characters." —The Guardian
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. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  I85
Cast Size:  3
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  81
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  150 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583423222
Publication Date: 12/07/2005
Stephen Jeffreys was born in London and first attracted critical attention with his study of a stunt man on the skids Like Dolls or Angels(1977), which won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award at the National Student Dram a Festival. He helped to set up the touring company Pocket Theatre Cumbria and wrote several plays for them including his adaptation of ...More
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This title can only be licensed/sold in the U.S. and Canada
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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