EVERYBODY by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Date & Time:
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 5 p.m.
Bertain Grove, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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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.



Please note: Proof of daily wellness check is required for all visitors/guests for all in-person performances for ages 12 and above. Click on this link just prior to arrival or use the QR code at the ticket station. Please show your green check mark on your phone (or fill out a paper daily health check form) at the ticket station located behind University Credit Union Pavilion (McKeon Basketball Stadium). After checking in, you may either walk up the 0.25 mile gravel path to the Redwood Grove or line up to be transported in a van to the Redwood Grove. Masks will be required of all audience members at all times while on campus. 

Parking will be at the Soda Center parking lot. You may purchase a ticket at the lot kiosk for $1 for two hours via credit card. Restrooms will be located inside the Soda Center on the right down the hall.

It will be cold in the evening in the Bertain Redwood Grove. Please bring a blanket and dress very warmly. If it is raining heavily, we will move the performance to LeFevre Theatre.

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

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


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