EVERYBODY by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Date & Time:
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 5 p.m.
Location:
LeFevre Theatre: Terrace, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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Description: 

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, as a processional event timed to unfold from sunset through twilight into darkness.The director and production team are currently in conversation with the SMC administration to determine which of several possible locations is feasible.

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).

Our production will require a large ensemble cast of 12-14 actors.  Additionally, 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.

Contact: 

Tara Sundy
Performing Arts Coordinator & Events Manager
(925) 631-4670
tms8@stmarys-ca.edu

 

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.
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