A play about the myth surrounding an old blues singer, from the author of The Libertine.
‘Tonight I’m up on stage, Robert Johnson number. I’m singing it and it hits me. Crossroads. That’s where he’d go. He’d go to live at the crossroads’
Jesse Davidson, last of the old-time Delta blues singers, died fourteen years ago. But legends continue to surround him – like the story about him selling his soul to the devil so that he could play guitar. And the story that he isn’t dead at all. When an English rock band hits town, their leader comes looking for the truth and triggers a confrontation of mythic proportions.
Stephen Jeffreys’ play I Just Stopped By To See The Man was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in November 2000.
‘Stephen Jeffreys’s wonderful new play, set in Mississippi, 1975, is a fairy story about an old blues singer; about resurrection, survival and nostalgia. But, as usual with this writer, there is more to it than meets the dewy eye… This is a tough, sensitive play about values and commitments, heads and hearts’
— Sunday Times