Advertisement

Photo Flash: EVERYBODY Wants to Cheat Death—Now on Stage at PlayMakers

Article Pixel

PlayMakers Repertory Company proudly presents "Everybody," the award-winning, Pulitzer Prize finalist comedy that asks us to consider: What is a life well lived? Directed by Orlando Pabotoy in his PlayMakers debut, the production runs from January 22 to February 9, 2020.

What do you do when Death comes knocking to tell you that your time is up? Everybody, who doesn't want to meet Death alone, starts looking for people and things to take into the afterlife. Along this existential, hilarious, and life-affirming journey, Everybody meets Friendship, Strength, Kinship, Beauty, Cousin, Mind, Stuff, Senses, and Love. Who or what will Everybody be able to take to the grave? Adding to the play's theatrical magic, each night, five brave actors will have their characters chosen by lottery, as they fight to cheat Death.

"I've been eager to share with Triangle audiences the work of the brilliant Branden Jacobs-Jenkins," said PlayMakers' Producing Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch. "His whimsical, contemporary take on the classic morality play asks us to take stock of what really matters in life-what we have, what we stand for, and with whom we surround ourselves. With humor and humility, Branden deftly reminds us that on the other side of the ever-present, seemingly random nature of Death and loss is the equally powerful possibility for Love. In the hands of director Orlando Pabotoy and PlayMakers' resident scenic sorceress McKay Coble, 'Everybody' is a true feast for the senses, and the talent and dedication of our acting company is marvelously showcased by the nightly lottery that will also give our audiences a dynamic, unique experience each night. I hope people will come back more than once!"

"I'm proud to have worn many hats in my theatre career-playwright, actor, choreographer, and teacher-but one of the things I really love about directing is the opportunity to create a whole world that can have a rhythm and poetry that is familiar to the audience, or can transport them to a new place," said director Pabotoy. "'Everybody' is one of those plays that feels familiar, because the story exists in all cultures in one form or another, but in this contemporary setting it feels fresh and relatable, and I find that so important to keeping both the art of theatre, and classic stories, alive for new generations."

"Everybody" features (in alphabetical order): David Adamson, Anthony August, Zuzu Bersley, Emily Bosco, Daryl Ray Carliles, April Mae Davis, Kathryn Hunter-Williams, Maddie Johnson, Trevor Johnson, Dan Toot, and Omolade Wey.

The Creative Team of "Everybody" includes: Orlando Pabotoy (Director; wrote and acted in "Sesar" at Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Founding Artistic Director of The Artigiani Troup), McKay Coble (Scenic Designer & Costume Designer; "My Fair Lady"), Cha See (Lighting Designer; "One in Two" at Signature Theatre), Fabian Obispo (Sound Designer; "The Tempest,"), Tia James (Vocal Coach; "Ragtime"), Tracy Bersley (Choreographer; "She Loves Me"), Mark Perry (Dramaturg; "How I Learned to Drive"), and Elizabeth Ray (Stage Manager; "Temples of Lung and Air").

This play is rated PG-13 due to strong language and content; we encourage patrons to use their own discretion in determining the age appropriateness of the material. Please contact our Box Office for more details.

For information and to purchase tickets, call 919.962.7529 or visit www.playmakersrep.org. Individual ticket prices start at $15.

Photo Credit: HuthPhoto

Photo Flash: EVERYBODY Wants to Cheat Death—Now on Stage at PlayMakers
April Mae Davis, David Adamson

Photo Flash: EVERYBODY Wants to Cheat Death—Now on Stage at PlayMakers
April Mae Davis

Photo Flash: EVERYBODY Wants to Cheat Death—Now on Stage at PlayMakers
Anthony August, April Mae Davis

Photo Flash: EVERYBODY Wants to Cheat Death—Now on Stage at PlayMakers
Daryl Ray Carliles

Photo Flash: EVERYBODY Wants to Cheat Death—Now on Stage at PlayMakers
Dan Toot, April Mae Davis

Photo Flash: EVERYBODY Wants to Cheat Death—Now on Stage at PlayMakers
David Adamson

Photo Flash: EVERYBODY Wants to Cheat Death—Now on Stage at PlayMakers
April Mae Davis, Trevor Johnson, David Adamson, Kathryn Hunter-Williams, Maddie Johnson

Photo Flash: EVERYBODY Wants to Cheat Death—Now on Stage at PlayMakers
Dan Toot, Kathryn Hunter-Williams

Photo Flash: EVERYBODY Wants to Cheat Death—Now on Stage at PlayMakers
Kathryn Hunter-Williams

Photo Flash: EVERYBODY Wants to Cheat Death—Now on Stage at PlayMakers
The Cast of EVERYBODY

Photo Flash: EVERYBODY Wants to Cheat Death—Now on Stage at PlayMakers
David Adamson

Photo Flash: EVERYBODY Wants to Cheat Death—Now on Stage at PlayMakers
David Adamson, Kathryn Hunter-Williams

Photo Flash: EVERYBODY Wants to Cheat Death—Now on Stage at PlayMakers
Emily Bosco

Photo Flash: EVERYBODY Wants to Cheat Death—Now on Stage at PlayMakers
Omolade Wey, David Adamson, Anthony August

 



Zoey's Playlist on NBC


Related Articles View More Raleigh Stories   Shows

More Hot Stories For You

Advertisement