'Everybody'

The cast of 'Everybody' includes Emily Yasinsky, Olivia O'Neill, Mary Walsh-Hilf, Avantae Gonzalez, Matthew Dugan and Amir Megherhi.

The Allegheny College Playshop Theatre presents “Everybody” Nov. 14 to 17 in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts.

The Nov. 14 to 16 shows start at 8 p.m., and the Nov. 17 performance is at 2:30.

“Everybody” was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ play is a playful, irreverent take on life as a game of chance that explores the final journey through life’s greatest mystery: What is the meaning of living?

At each performance, a lottery determines which cast member will play the character "Everybody." The play includes some adult language.

Jacobs-Jenkins skewers contemporary views of religion, race, society and the media.

“Rehearsing the play has been challenging because there are multiple actors playing 'Everybody,' Director Beth Watkins said, "but as a result, we’ve discovered new modes of interacting with the audience while using the playing space in unusual ways. The actors are exploring physical movement that has them breaking a lot of conventional boundaries.”

Guest costume designer Uriel Gomez, a 2012 Allegheny graduate, is returning to design the costumes for “Everybody.” He is collaborating with faculty designer Michael Mehler, who is designing scenery, and student Calli Lavarnway, who is designing lighting as her senior project in theater design.

Vev Estes is the stage manager. The acting company includes students Karen Gauriloff, Matthew Dugan, Avantaé Gonzalez, Vanessa Kocher, Amir Megherhi, Olivia O’Neill, Mary Walsh-Hilf and Emily Yasinsky and community members Doug Lodge, Ali Mahmood, Madelyn Mehler and Autumn Parker.

Tickets for all productions are $10 for adults and $8 for non-Allegheny students, senior citizens and Allegheny employees.

• More information or to order tickets: Call the Playshop Theatre box office at 332-3414 or visit Allegheny.edu/playshop.

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