The C. G. Jung Society of St. Louis is producing a new play, Answer to Joe. The play is loosely based on Jung’s book Answer to Job and deals with the same themes–the nature of God, the reality of the divine versus an individual’s image of the divine, and the psychological implications of an individual’s often unconscious god-image. Though these are deeply serious topics, the play presents them in modern understandable dress and treats them with considerable humor.
Rick Vaughn, author of Answer to Joe, has long been interested in Jungian psychology and its potential for resolving inner conflicts in ways that release creative energies. In presenting his work for possible production by the Jung Society, he said, “My intention was to communicate some of the profound, transformative insights that I discovered from reading Answer to Job. In the process of writing, it became clear that the work was much more personal. This story is my story. It may well be a story for many others. Job’s working out his relationship with the overwhelming and over powering energies of Yahweh–which Jung equates with an individual’s coming to terms with the unconscious–has been my quest for decades. My own god-image of a punitive, demanding, and intractable old patriarch needed considerable updating. In writing the play, I knew I was somewhat describing my own inner conflicts and working them to a more satisfying end. I seemed to be engaging the energies bound up in an old god-image and tempering some of them so they could be directed creatively. I’m happy with the result, and in some strange way, I feel my ‘god’ is too.”
Answer to Joe is the second play the Jung Society has produced. In February, 2017, our first play Casting Shadows by Carol Haake was presented to sold-out audiences for three performances. We hope for similar enthusiasm for Answer to Joe.
Call the C. G. Jung Society of St. Louis (314-533-6809) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.