Retelling the anonymously written 15th-century drama Everyman, Everybody is the story of how we all might face judgment when it’s time to answer the question: “How did you choose to live your life?” This comedic adaptation - with a surrealist staging and a cast that reshuffles their roles each performance - encapsulates the erratic and deceptive nature of life on Earth. We wanted the audience to leave and be inspired to live their best lives and begin the process of truly being kind to themselves.
Our lighting goals for the production were to create a space that exists in the theatre but behaves like the bardos, a space between life and death. By the end of the play, we wanted the audience to see themselves as Everybody, and experience Everybody’s decay.
To achieve this, we developed a plot that threw sharp angular cuts to create unnatural dimension onstage. We also decided to put lights in the seating sections to blow through the audience’s seats, and envelop the space in light, and push the audience further into the action.
Director - Cynthia Henderson
Scenic Design - Rico Froehlich
Costume Design - Niazayre Bates
Lighting Design - Steve TenEyck
Asst. Lighting Designer - Max Okst
Sound Design - Pierce Vincenty
Ithaca College's Clark Theatre
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