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Pictured: Hal Christine
Brown Paper Box Co. has announced the cast and production team for the regional premiere of EVERYBODY by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.
Directed by Erin Shea Brady, the production features Kenny the Bearded, Hal Christine, Chelsea Dàvid, Alys Dickerson, Nora Fox, Alex Madda, Donovan Session, Francesca Sobrer, and Elle Walker. Hannah Green and Alexandria Moorman understudy.
The production team includes Michelle Benda (Lighting Designer), Zach Dries (Photographer), Sarah D. Espinoza (Sound Designer), Evan Frank (Scenic Designer), Kaitlyn Guerrieri (Box Office Manager), Destiney Higgins (Assistant Director), Jeremy Hollis (Production Manager), M. William Panek (Casting Associate), Deanna Satin (Stage Manager), Charlie Sheets (Graphic Designer), and Gin To (Dramaturg).
The modern riff on the medieval morality play EVERYMAN, the 15th century morality play, follows the character “Everybody,” who is chosen from the cast via lottery at each performance.
“With EVERYBODY, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins gives us the vital opportunity to see five very different actors step into a variety of roles in each others’ stories,” says director Erin Shea Brady. “The piece takes ‘different every night’ to a whole new level without resting on a gimmick. EVERYBODY explodes our preconceptions of theatricality to explore bias, conditioning, relationship, and representation — and at the core of it all, to ground us in our collective humanity.”