I WAS JESHUA'S FRIEND

CHARACTERS 

PONTIUS PILATE                    
5th Procurator of Judea

CLAUDIA                        
An attractive Roman Woman, Pilate’s wife, mistress to Livius an admirer of Jeshua.

LIVIUS                            
Centurion and Claudia’s lover and Pilate’s a confidant

who is also debauched and recklessly brave a man in his twenties?

JESHUA                            
A 33-year-old Jew

SIMEON                            
a Jewish man in his 30s a very good friend of Jeshua
                                      
SHELOM
An old woman in rags
                       
MENACHEM
High priest in the Sanhedrin
                       
CAIAPHAS
High priest in the Sanhedrin
                       
JOSEF of ARIMATHEA
High priest in the Sanhedrin

NATHAN
A Priest in the Sanhedrin
                           
WITNESSES - JUDEAN GENTRY  - PEASANTS as CROWDS

SYNOPSIS 

Pontius Pilate was Procurator of Judea. 

This is a loose adaptation from Frank Yerby’s book, JUDAS MY BROTHER,

involving the Rabbi known as JESHUA, and a good friend to SIMEON

who tries everything in his power to save him.

SCENERY

Act One
Scene One       One afternoon in Pilate’s courtyard
Scene Two:       The next early morning in a field outside the walls of Jerusalem
Scene Three:    The next evening in Pilate’s courtyard
Scene Four:       In front of the Sanhedrin court of law

Act Two
Scene One:       The Sanhedrin’s court
Scene Two:        Early morning in Pilate’s courtyard
Scene Three:      Early morning in Pilate’s courtyard

Time

It is the Passover, a major pilgrimage holy day

and in the past Jews had exhibited a tendency to revolt against the Romans.

The action takes place in and outside of Jerusalem.