Published September 16, 2020
This performance will be offered on "ShowTix4U"
“Everybody” is a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Drama by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and 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 Dr. Lindsay Brandon Hunter, associate professor and THD director of undergraduate studies. Originally intended to be performed as part of THD’s spring 2020 season, it was postponed when Covid-19 struck.
In the original off-Broadway production, many of the roles were cast at random each night via a playful on-stage lottery. This aspect will be retained for the online version of the production, on a yet-to-be-announced digital platform.
“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 their final resting place. Everybody protests what the character perceives as their random and unfair imminent demise. The 12-person student cast also includes allegorical figures like Friendship, Love, Beauty, Cousin, Kinship, Mind, and Stuff. A philosophically puzzled God is accompanied by Death. Time and Love round out the cast.
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.
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
November 11 - 14, 2020 @ 7:30pm & 9:30pm
November 15, 2020 @ 2pm & 4pm
Online Via a ShowTix4U
$3.00 Streaming Fee Required.