Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Opens January 13

By | January 9, 2022

Cadence Theatre Company and Virginia Rep’s production of Everybody, directed by Rusty Wilson, is based on the 15th century morality play, Everyman, written to encourage people to behave well, morally, in order to go to heaven.

“It’s about the journey all of us must make into the unknown,” Wilson explains. “I believe this play speaks to our present day in profound and specific ways including our politics, belief systems, divided nation and world, racial, religious and gender bias and intolerance, the violence we inflict on each other, and our inability to love expansively. This is a perfect play for this moment.”

Morality plays often featured a protagonist representing a generic layperson guided toward good or evil and the personification of concepts such as virtues and vices. Jacobs-Jenkins’ version is inclusive and humorous in its tale of Everybody’s journey through existential crisis before entering the grave.

This modern reprisal features a unique and fun element rarely seen in live theatre: a lottery. Each night the lottery is performed in front of the audience, selecting who in the cast will be playing the protagonist, Everybody (and the subsequent roles) for that night’s performance.

Everybody will be presented in the Theatre Gym at 114 W. Broad St. from January 13-30. Please see below for Covid safety information.

A post-show talkback will take place on Sunday, January 23.

Use promo code EVERY5 on orders placed through Jan 12, and receive $5 off each ticket to any date in the run.

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