"Everybody" Hurts, Sometimes: New Play at WT Flirts with Death & the Unknown

Feb 4, 2020

It’s always a good day when you can share some time discussing death with a man of the theatre—and today was a good day.

Thanks so much to the brilliant Stephen Crandall, Department Head of Art, Theatre and Dance at West Texas A&M University.

He stopped by High Plains Morning to chat with me about the new production of Everybody, an unconventional theatre piece opening this weekend at the Happy State Bank Studio Theatre at the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts (207 Wisdom Rd, Canyon, TX 79015) on campus at WT.

Imagine the directorial and logistical nightmare of staging a play in which no one knows who’s playing the lead or what might happen until someone pulls a ball from a bingo cage, rolls the dice, or spins a wheel of fortune? Well, get ready for this theatrical experiment that entails 120 possible character configurations, so the audience will likely see a unique performance that is highly unlikely to be replicated.

Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, this play is inspired by the 15th-century liturgical morality play “Everyman.” This new 2018 adaptation pumps new life, and humor, into an ancient story of life, human connection, material possession, and death. “The play utilizes voiceovers for several dialogue scenes, and we’ve had to program 120 versions for each!” Crandall says.

The play is rated R, so no youngsters. The show times are:

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays: February 6 - 8 & 13 - 15, 2020 @ 7:30 p.m.

Sundays: February 9 & 16, 2020 @ 2:30 p.m.

Click here for tickets and additional information. To hear our full interview, click the link below: