The Department of Theatre and Dance at West Virginia Wesleyan College will perform Everybody on November 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and November 11 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. Wesleyan is one of four colleges and universities premiering Branden Jacob-Jenkins’ new work, a modern-day retelling of the ancient morality play Everyman, which closed its run in New York this past spring.
The story follows Everybody, chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance, as he or she travels down a road toward life’s greatest mystery: death. Along the way, Everybody is faced with questions about how they lived their life, the way they lived it, and about where they should have placed real value in life. The cast features five actors cast as “Somebody,” and during the show, live onstage, each actor will receive the role they will play that night. The Somebodies – Maya Eberhart of Brooklyn, NY; Jacob Fleck of Charleston, WV; Aaron Harris of Anmoore, WV; Katlin Kouns of Cross Lanes, WV; and Savannah Reese of Charleston, WV – have learned five roles each in preparation for the production.
“I have been insanely impressed by the talent and dedication of these cast members,” said kb saine, director. “This is a really hard play. It is crazy to watch them rotate through the different roles. They are all saying the same lines, but each one of them brings something different to each character. I think some audience members may want to see the show more than once so to see how it changes.”
Everybody is directed by Visiting Assistant Professor saine with sound design by Bri Conley of Roanoke, VA; costume design by guest artist Gregory Horton; and scene and lighting design by Keith Saine, technical theatre director at Wesleyan. Special music direction by Shelby Williams of Buckhannon, WV and Patrick Withers of Daniels, WV, and choreography by members of the Wesleyan acrobatics & tumbling team.
Additional cast members include Sarah Smith of Bristol, WV as Beauty; Charles Harper of Silver Spring, MD as Strength; Faith Bell of Harts, WV as Mind; Karly Hunt of Parkersburg, WV as Senses; Anne Wilson of Elkins, WV as Usher/God/Understanding; Brianna Underwood of Lookout, WV as Death; Jazmin Howard of Stuarts Draft, VA as Love; Ella McNeish of Buckhannon, WV as Girl; Caitlin May of Arthurdale, WV as Girl’s Mom; Brandon Ulrich of Roanoke, WV as All the Shitty Things; and Tiara Stokes of Charleston, WV and Angela Thompson of Glen Burnie, MD as Puppeteers. Members cast as the Band are Savannah Teter of Girard, OH; Issac Viars of Morgantown, WV; Chase Webb of Spencer, WV; Williams; and Withers.
Tickets are $5 for Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff with ID and $7 for non-WVWC students, military servicemen, and seniors over 60. Adult tickets are $10, and all tickets are general admission. The box office will open one hour prior to the show time.
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