Stephen Jeffreys’s play I Just Stopped By To See The Man is a drama about the myth surrounding an old blues singer. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on 30 November 2000.
The play is set in a bare ‘shotgun’ house in a small town in the Mississippi Delta in the summer of 1975. It is home to Jesse Davidson, 75, last of the old-time Delta blues singers, who is thought to have died fourteen years ago, and to his daughter Della, 34, on the run after her involvement with the Black Panthers. Their peace is shattered by the arrival of Karl, 31, an English rock star who idolises Jesse and whose band has been doing a gig in Memphis, Tennessee. Karl, facing the break-up of his band, sees salvation in persuading the reluctant Jesse to step back into the limelight for one last stand.
The Royal Court production was directed by Richard Wilson and designed by Julian McGowan. It was performed by Ciarán McMenamin (as Karl), Tommy Hollis (as Jesse) and Sophie Okonedo (as Della).