Everybody explores the most universal of truths: you cant 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 720 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.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' plays include Neighbors, Appropriate, and An Octoroonthat 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 was no
barrel of laughs, being a 15th century morality play about death.
But Everybody tells the same tale, with equal emotional heft;
and it is not only provocative and involving, it is also funny.
Wildly funny, in fact.
"[Everybody] fills the heart in a new and unexpected way.
The New Yorker.
About Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Founded in 2004 by Greg Carter, Strawberry Theatre Workshop is a professional theatre company dedicated to socially engaged work of the highest caliber. Strawshop is a Stranger Genius Award winner, a six-time Seattle Times Footlight Award winner, and the only company to be nominated for a TPS Gregory Award for Outstanding Production four years in a row (2009-12). Known for its critically acclaimed productions of Our Town, The Normal Heart, Breaking the Code, The Elephant Man, Proof and The Laramie Project, Strawshop is anchored in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Strawshop is one of three resident companies in the new 12th Ave Arts building, which opened on Capitol Hill in 2015.
Strawberry Theatre Workshop is committed to the idea that the theatre is the people's place of aspiration, and that any voice from the stage is translated exponentially into conversations at coffee shops, bus stops, classrooms, and play fields. Strawshop is dedicated to the idea of ensemble, in the broadest sense of the word. Our ensemble does not only mean a resident company of workers, but a collective that includes our work, our audience, and our neighborhood. This is an activist stance. To be a good neighbor is to be a relevant neighbor, a responsible neighbor, and a vocal neighbor.
Previews: Thu-Fri January 17-18, 2019
Opens: Saturday, January 19, 2019
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