ROLES CHOSEN RANDOMLY EVERY NIGHT IN BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS' "EVERYBODY" AT STRAWBERRY THEATRE WORKSHOP
Who would agree to accompany you on your final journey?
Everybody explores the most universal of truths: you can’t take it with you, but everybody tries. When the character Somebody faces imminent death, the choice between Friendship, Love, Kinship, Cousinship, and Stuff, is complicated. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins adds to the mess by asking the core company of actors be cast by lottery every night, letting fate decide the journey as they play out this new riff on a 15th Century morality tale.
Does that mean that every actor memorizes the whole play? Yes, it does. Does it mean that there are 120 possible actor combinations that might perform Everybody? That's right.
Kaytlin McIntyre (Sound Theatre, Seattle Rep, Annex) directs Jacobs-Jenkins' audacious and colloquial adaptation, in which nine brave actors find roles randomized and race and gender neutralized. The cast includes Lamar Legend (An Octoroon at Artswest), Justin Huertas (Lizard Boy at Seattle Rep), Mary Ewald (Hamlet at New City), and Strawshop regular MJ Sieber (Prelude to a Kiss, The Elephant Man, Accidental Death of an Anarchist).
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' plays include Neighbors, Appropriate, and An Octoroon—that appeared locally in a TPS Gregory Award-nominated production at ArtsWest. He is a Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and a Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at the Juilliard School. His additional honors include the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award.
Everybody was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize.
“This is theatre rather unlike anything you might have seen… unusual, unconventional and eye-opening… Everyman is no barrel of laughs, being a morality play about death. Everybody tells the same tale, with equal emotional heft; but it is not only provocative and involving, it is also funny. Wildly funny, in fact.” —Huffington Post.
"[Everybody] fills the heart in a new and unexpected way.” —The New Yorker.
Listing Information Title: Everybody Previews: Thu-Fri January 17-18, 2019 Opens: Saturday, January 19, 2019 Plays: Thu-Fri-Sat and Mon, 7:30 pm NO PERFORMANCE MONDAY JANUARY 21 Venue: Mainstage Theatre at 12th Ave Arts Address: 1620 12th Ave, Capitol Hill, Seattle Ticket Prices: $36 General, $24 Mondays Phone Sales: 1-800-838-3006 Online Sales: strawshop.bpt.me
written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (2017) directed by Kaytlin McIntyre
performed by Megan Ahiers Susanna Burney Mary Ewald Annelih GH Hamilton Justin Huertas Adrian Kljucec Lamar Legend MJ Sieber
designed by Katherine Stromberger Perez Dana Amromin Greg Carter Ryan Dunn Adam Zopfi Hulse Maryalice Weed
stage managed by Evan Price graphic design by Melanie Wang