EVERYBODY by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Date & Time:
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 5 p.m.
Bertain Grove, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575
View a map and get directions.


Everybody, a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, is a wise and joyful riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman. The action follows Everybody (the lead actor chosen by lottery at each performance) on a journey towards life’s greatest mystery—mortality itself. The Saint Mary’s production will be staged outdoors in the Redwood Grove, timed to unfold from sunset through twilight into darkness.

The production will be directed by guest artist Daniel Larlham, whose past productions at SMC include Dance Nation (2020), The School for Lies (2020), Twelfth Night (2016), and Lysistrata (2016).

The script calls for the actor playing the lead role (“Everybody”) to be determined by lottery each night, a device that speaks to the play’s themes of uncertainty, chance, and the universality of certain basic conditions of human experience (mortality, vulnerability, suffering, love).  There will be three actors cast as “Everybody” in our production.

About the Playwright


Brooklyn-based playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has been named “one of this country’s most original and illuminating writers,” known for rewriting, adapting or otherwise appropriating earlier theatrical styles or dramatic texts. His plays Neighbors, Appropriate, and An Octoroon form a “trilogy of highly provocative and fantastical explorations of race in America.” Among his many honors: the MacArthur “genius” award, and a finalist for 2018 Pulitzer in Drama. He holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU, and is also a graduate of the Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School.

About the Director

Guest director Daniel Larlham is a performance-maker and scholar with a Ph.D. from Columbia University and an M.F.A. from New York University’s graduate acting program. He taught for five years at Yale University's Theater Studies Program. At Saint Mary's (2014-17, 2020), Daniel taught acting, comedy, voice, and Collegiate Seminar, and directed Dance NationThe School for LiesLysistrataTwelfth Night, and The Good Person of Setzuan

EVERYBODY PLOT SUMMARY: God, displeased with humanity’s moral blindness, summons Death to call Everybody to account for how they’ve lived their life. Everybody freaks out when Death comes calling and begs to be allowed to bring along a companion on their journey to the great beyond. Death grudgingly agrees, and Everybody visits, in turn, Friendship, Kinship, Cousin, and Stuff, all of whom rebuff Everybody’s pleas. Eventually, Love arrives and agrees to accompany Everybody on their journey. As Love and Everybody approach the grave, Beauty, Strength, Senses, and Mind desert them, setting the scene for Everybody’s final, poignant confrontation with the raw fact of their mortality.



Masks are required for all audience members and, once past the ticket table, must be worn at all times.

Will call/check-in is located behind University Credit Union Pavilion (formerly McKeon Pavilion/Brother Albert Rahill Athletic Center) along Gael Way. There are no physical tickets for this production: to check in, come to the Will Call table and we will match your name against the list of reservations; or you can show your receipt on your phone. Walk-up tickets are also available, for cash or check.  

Parking is in the Soda Center parking lot. You may purchase a parking pass at the lot kiosk ($1 for two hours) with a credit card.  

Restrooms and water fountains are located inside the Soda Center, to your right and down the hall.

Saint Mary’s requires a wellness check for campus visitors. Click on this link prior to arrival, then show the green check mark on your phone at Will Call. (If you need help, we’ll have a QR code linking to the form, or a paper copy you can complete and sign, available at the ticket table.)

The performers will be unmasked. All actors have been vaccinated and are being tested regularly. 

Reaching the Bertain Redwood Grove: After checking in, you will walk up a 0.25 mile gravel path to the performance site. At the end of the performance, the path back to the Soda Center parking lot will be well lit.

Patrons requiring special assistance may be transported via golf cart to the Grove. Let us know in advance if you will need assistance.

Weather: It will be cold in the evening in the Redwood Grove. Please bring blankets and dress very warmly. Your shoes will get muddy. In the event of heavy rain, the performance will be moved indoors to LeFevre Theatre.

Running Time: approximately 90 minutes

Programs will be available via a QR code at Will Call, or you can download the program prior to arriving, using the link at the bottom of this webpage: stmarys-ca.edu/everybody

Content advisory: language.

Again, we look forward to having you join us! Please call or email Tara at (925) 631-4670 or tms8@stmarys-ca.edu if you have further questions.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 5 p.m. IN-PERSON

Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 5 p.m. IN-PERSON

Friday, November 5, 2021 - 5 p.m. IN-PERSON

SOLD OUT- Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 5 p.m. IN-PERSON

Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 4 p.m. IN-PERSON

Sunday, November 14, 2021 - all day (12:01am-11:59pm) ONLINE ONLY
The on-demand ticket (which is only available Nov. 14) is presented through Broadway on Demand. You may purchase your ticket now by quickly creating an account, but will have to return to the site on Nov. 14th to watch the performance. If you have questions about how to purchase a ticket through Broadway on Demand, see this link


Map for Check-In for Fall '21 production of EVERYBODY

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Tara Sundy
Performing Arts Coordinator & Events Manager
(925) 631-4670


Additional Dates & Times: 
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 5 p.m.
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 4 p.m.
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 12:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Everybody poster