he Man Jesus is a one-man performance of some of the life of Jesus Christ. Through the course of the play – the audience comes to understand how the great gospels eventually came into being.
The play is a series of monologues by South African-born playwright, Matthew Hurt. It is a deeply personal account of the reaction of those closest – and indeed farthest – from him immediately after the crucifixion and resurrection. It brings simplicity, humour and understanding (or misunderstanding) to the story of Jesus. Was he a man with magical powers? Was he a prophet? Or did some Jews start to realise something else?
‘That, of course, is entirely up to you. Please understand this is a work of imagination. There was no ‘The New Testament’, ‘The Gospels’, ‘The Early Church’ or any such thing which makes what eventually came into being, so fascinating’ says director Robert Whitehead.
Though he is currently best known as the villain Barker Haines on the SABC 3 soap opera Isidingo, Robert Whitehead has a long history with the Market Theatre where he has acted in as well as directed many productions in the late 70’s, 80s and 90s, ultimately serving as an associate director of the Market in the 1986/87 season.
Lebo Toko was last seen on the Market Theatre stage playing George in James Ngcobo’s adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s, A Raisin in the Sun. With a background in musical theatre, The Man Jesus demonstrates Lebo’s skill and versatility as a performer. In this one-man performance, Toko will play a range of characters including, Judas, Pontius Pilate and Mary, mother of Jesus.
The Man Jesus was originally produced in Ireland, where it was nominated for the Irish Times Best New Play, 2013. It will be transposed by Robert Whitehead and Lebo Toko for this upcoming South African version.
Season: 13 October – 5 November
Cast: Lebo Toko
Director: Robert Whitehead
To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke
011 832 1641 ext 203.
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