Published January 1, 2020

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COVID-19 Information - Remaining 2019-2020 Season Cancelled

The University at Buffalo is monitoring the COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) situation carefully and is taking proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of the UB community in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Details.

The UB Center for the Arts and the Department of Theatre and Dance are engaged in these conversations to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, students and staff.

In light of the transition to remote learning for all SUNY and CUNY campuses and restrictions on public gatherings in New York State, all remaining Theatre and Dance productions scheduled through May 11, 2020 have been cancelled.

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While this event has been cancelled, the write up below from original press release has been left available for archival purposes: 

The University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Everybody”, a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Public performances will take place on UB’s North Campus at the Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre from April 1 through April 5, 2020.  

“Everybody” was first produced off-Broadway by Signature Theatre, opening in Feb. 2017. It is a contemporary take on one of the oldest plays in the English language, the 15th-century morality play, “Everyman.” The UB rendition of the show is directed by Lindsay Brandon Hunter, assistant professor, director of undergraduate studies and director of the BA in Theatre program.

In the original off-Broadway production, many of the roles were cast at random each night via a playful on-stage lottery. Although UB’s production will forgo this aspect, its spirit still informs the work.

“The playwright makes clear that ‘Everybody’ should be cast with a diverse group of performers, demonstrating the inclusivity its name implies,” stated Hunter. “Where the original play centered the experience of a white, Anglo man as universal, this contemporary work is a comedic, heartfelt exploration of morality that welcomes all kinds of players.”

The lead character is an individual - Everybody - who is called to her final resting place. Everybody protests what she perceives as her random and unfair imminent demise. The 12-person student cast also includes allegorical figures like Friendship, Love, Beauty, Courtship, Kinship, Mind and Stuff. A philosophically puzzled God is accompanied by Death. Time and Love round out the cast.

UB Theatre and Dance junior, Emory Redfearn, portrays Death. “Death is God’s assistant, but doesn’t quite know the answers to everything,” she explains. “It’s both comedic and serious. All of us are playing ideas, not exactly people. The character, Everybody, is trying to find someone to bring with them to Death,” so as not to be alone when it occurs.

“My idea of Death is very matter of fact. It’s not a scary or sad thing," she says. "It just happens.”

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is an American playwright born in 1984. He won the 2014 Obie Award for Best New American Play for his plays “Appropriate” and “An Octoroon”. His play “Gloria” was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a year in which he was also was named a MacArthur Fellow.