Finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody is a modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman.
Early in the play, a lottery determines which role half of the actors in the cast will portray.
The audience learns which allegorical figure (Friendship, Kinship or Love, for example) the five actors will play when the actors do.
To be able to accomplish this, the actors have needed to memorize the entire script. The result is one of 120 casting combinations and a play that has most likely never happened before.
This interesting device speaks to the play’s themes of uncertainty, chance, and the universality of certain basic conditions of human experience.
An exceedingly popular play at regional theatres this fall, Alliance Theatre presents the Atlanta premiere of Everybody, Sep. 2-Oct. 2, 2022.