"Everybody"

Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance

Nov. 11-14, 2020
7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Nov. 15, 2020
2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Purchase Stream

11/11 at 7:30 p.m.

11/11 at 9:30 p.m.

11/12 at 7:30 p.m.

11/12 at 9:30 p.m.

11/13 at 7:30 p.m.

11/13 at 9:30 p.m.

11/14 at 7:30 p.m.

11/14 at 9:30 p.m.

11/15 at 2:00 p.m.

11/15 at 4:00 p.m.

2020-2021 UB THEATRE AND DANCE SEASON SPONSOR:

UB Theatre and Dance wishes to acknowledge the generous, continued philanthropic support of Fox Run at Orchard Park, an official 2020-2021 season sponsor, especially in light of the challenges facing Buffalo's vibrant community of performing arts organizations.

 

"Everybody” was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Drama by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and was first produced off-Broadway by Signature Theatre. It is a contemporary take on one of the oldest plays in the English language, “Everyman.” Originally intended to be performed as part of the spring 2020 season, it was postponed because of COVID-19.

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.”

The playwright makes clear that the production should be cast with a diverse group of performers, demonstrating the inclusivity its name implies,” stated Lindsay Brandon Hunter, show director, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies. “Where the original play centered the experience of a white, Anglo man as universal, this contemporary work is a comedic and 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.

In these times of uncertainty, the arts offer welcome comfort, perspective, escape, joy and intellectual stimulation. UB Theatre and Dance will adapt to a virtual format for the fall season’s lineup of musicals, plays and dance performances. The department’s live and pre-recorded segments will be filmed at the UB Center for the Arts on the UB North Campus, in order to observe all social distancing and safety protocols for the best experience for the talented study body and dedicated patrons.