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marriage and ministry, his wife, Deborah, takes control of the situation and draws up a financial agreement between Daryl and his lovers.  And everything works fine, that is, until Daryl falls in love with one of his suitors, Paul--a brilliant and sensitive grad student, who challenges Daryl's ideas of faith, identity, and sexuality.

 

 

James Webb is the recipient of the Kennedy Center's Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award for his play, The Contract. He has also written Wrestling with Angels, a hip-hop children's play; Josiah's Return; Sibling Rivalry, and several short plays.  His plays have been produced or developed at the American Globe Theatre, National Black Theatre in Harlem, the Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, the Kraine Theatre, African Continuum Theatre Company, and the FAMU Essential Theatre.  In 2011, James was a Kennedy Center Fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference.

 

THE CONTRACT

A play by James Webb

 

Conservative mega-church pastor Daryl Jackson is at the height of his success with multiple parishes, book deals and a sizeable fortune to boot.  Yet, he holds a secret that would endanger his Christian empire and ruin his reputation: he has affairs with men. In order to ensure total discretion, save 

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WRESTLING WITH ANGELS

A hip hop children's musical

by James Webb

 

 

JOSIAH RETURNS

A play for young audiences

by James Webb

 

When Josiah returns home after spending his inheritance, his father greets him with open arms and throws him a huge party, but his siblings are not so welcoming. Loosely based on the biblical story, "The Prodigal Son," Josiah Returns is a play for young audiences about forgiveness, family, and unconditional love. 

A young guardian angel trying to earn her wings does her best to help a fist-wheeling orphan girl get adopted in this rap musical. 

SIBLING RIVALRY

A comedy by James Webb

 

Bring together a family, a funeral, and an ounce of truth . . . and all hell breaks loose.  This play explores the sometimes comic complications of sibling relationships before, during, and after a funeral. Composed of short vignettes, linked by uproarious funeral advertisements, this comedy allows you to laugh in the face of life's toughest challenges.