“You wanted justice, didn't you? There isn't any...there is only love." ―J.B's wife in Archibald MacLeish, J.B.: A Play in Verse (1958)
This day in 1958 marked the premiere, at the ANTA Playhouse in New York City, of J.B., a drama in free verse, a modern retelling of The Book of Job (with the Biblical figure reimagined as a banker), directed by Elia Kazan. Archibald MacLeish, a former Librarian of Congress and Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, had already won two Pulitzer Prizes for poetry, and now he would be awarded another, for drama, with this production.