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The Trials of Brother Jero

One Act, Dark Comedy
8 men, 6 women
Total Cast: 14, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-1090-0

MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $40 per performance.
THE STORY: As Michael Smith describes: “Brother Jero is a self-styled 'prophet,' an evangelical con man who ministers to the gullible and struts with self-importance over their dependence on him. The play follows him through a typical day: He acts as kind of tourist guide, displaying himself to the audience, explaining, demonstrating how he manages to live by his wits. He is pursued and cursed by his aged mentor, whose territory he has taken over. He is besieged by a woman creditor who turns out to be the tyrannical wife of his chief disciple. He converts a pompous, painfully timid Member of Parliament with prophecies of a ministerial post. And all day he tries to resist the endless temptation of beautiful women…the play is delightfully picturesque and entertaining."
This richly humorous and lively evocation of contemporary African life introduced the work of Nigeria’s leading playwright to American audiences. Produced on a double bill with The Strong Breed.

“A robust and splendid theatre experience.” —The New York Times.

“…A charming comedy.” —Village Voice.

Included in the collection The Trials of Brother Jero and The Strong Breed.