EVERYMAN is the best surviving example of the type of Medieval drama known as the Morality play. Moralities evolved side by side with the mystery plays, although they were composed individually and not in cycles. The play dramatizes the moral struggle that almost all Religions envisage as universal in every individual. The Queens Players all female production focuses on the journey of EVERYMAN whilst making a gender specific point in an almost Brechtian environment. The question of what parts do actors play in our collective spirituality is one that we explore through multi-media, original music, and dance. The actresses act not only as the characters in this allegory but provide the lighting, set, and sound for this production.
God summons the Angel of Death to bring Everyman to be judged. A complacent Everyman is informed by Death of the approaching end. The play shows the protagonist's progression from despair and fear of death to a resignation that is the prelude to redemption. First, false friends desert Everyman: Casual Companions, Kin, and Wealth. Everyman falls back on Good Deeds, Strength, Beauty, Intelligence, and Knowledge. These assist Everyman in making the Book of Accounts, but at the end all desert Everyman except Good Deeds. The play makes its grim point that we can take with us from this world nothing that we have received, only what we have given Everyman's victory over death is a triumphant expression of faith and doctrine but the play is not solely focused on religion.
EVERYMAN was originally produced in the late fifteenth century and is said to have been performed regularly. However, no production records exist. The first modern production was performed in 1901 by William Poel, founder of the Elizabethan Stage society. Maybe the most famous production of EVERYMAN was by renowned German director, Max Reinhardt, in 1911. The premier of Jedermann, the title of the play in German, was at the Zirkus Schumann in Berlin. The play took on a new feel with much of the religious dogma removed and a more focussed view that highlighted EVERYMAN's insatiable lust for life. Jedermann has been produced almost every year since at the Salzburg Cathedral square during the summertime.
The cast of Everyman includes Queens Players members Kirsten Anderson, Robin Cannon and Shelleen Kostabi, who are joined by Karina Bazelyuk, Alicia Blasingame, Melina Paez, and Nancy Crawford.
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