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York College theatre program to present 'Everybody,' a modern depiction of facing death, from Nov. 21 to 23

November 21, 2019
A student lies on the floor during a theatre production.

York College of Pennsylvania's theatre program will present "Everybody," a play that showcases the struggles of a character named Everybody as they face death and desperately search for someone or something to accompany them to the great unknown. The show will run from Nov. 21 to 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Perko Black Box Theatre, Waldner Performing Arts Center. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Seating reservations are available at www.ycp.edu/theatre or by calling the box office at 717.600.3868.

Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, "Everybody" is an adaptation of one of the most famous medieval theatre scripts, "Everyman." As many plays did at the time, its purpose was to try and make sense of the unknowable. In this adaptation, Jacobs-Jenkins hopes the 21st-century audience will experience the same journey as the script leads them through Everybody’s search for self-reflection, love, friendship, and beauty for which all of humankind yearns.

York College's production is directed by Rebecca Etzine, MFA, a professional director from Baltimore. All actors and designers in the production are enrolled in the Performance in Practice course taught by Etzine. The character of Everybody is played by Theo Muhammad, a junior theatre major from Forestville, Md. The Usher (senior theatre major Charity Stump from York), and Death (junior theatre major Kayla Manigault from Baltimore) watch over Everybody as they make their journey in this modern depiction of facing death. Some parts in the play are decided by lottery each night in front of the audience as the randomness of life and death is explored.

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