Posted at 3 p.m. March. 2, 2017
Morality and Everyman
Spring play portrays values in uncommon ways
Actions in life follow in death...no one can escape judgement day.
Illistrations by Isaiah Colbert
This year’s spring play is “Everyman.” The original author of the play is unknown.
The play is set during the 14th century, and it was used by the Catholic Church to teach people about the right way to live. The main character, Everyman, represents all of the public and how they live their lives. The play revolves around Everyman and his journey to get help from fellowship, good deeds, forgiveness and others after Death has allowed him more time because he begged for some to get everything in order. In his life, Everyman hasn’t been paying attention to Good Deeds and the others, so they don’t want to help him.
All of them are found in different places; for example, Fellowship is in a bar, Good Deeds is in a nursing home, and Everyman needs to seek out Forgiveness. The play helps show how people tend to live their lives in compartmentalized ways. Director Jason Pasqua put his own spin on the play, adding a scene and allowing actors to contribute changes.
“The play offers many things to a 14th century audience, and an audience needs to know what was offered,” Pasqua said.
“Everyman” has two relevant themes: the correct way to live and death comes for everyone at some point and there is nothing we can do to stop it. The play was used to teach people the right way to live as the church thought was right.
The play is important for theater students to learn how to make a play of “higher language” into something that a modern audience would like, Pasqua said. It is also important for an audience now because it is a play that can lift spirits. “This play has been the most conceptual that has been performed since I’ve been here,” Pasqua said.
“Everyman” uses a multimedia component that is essential to the story. Some scenes will be filmed at different locations and played during the performance. The main actor has a scene where he records himself as Forgiveness at a different location and acts as Everyman in the live performance, interacting with Forgiveness. Filming scenes and having live action gives the performers experience with acting in front of a camera and it opens many possibilities for them.
“The actors have been working very hard on this play, it is very challenging material to make accessible for everyone,” Pasqua said. The play is a good and entertaining evening, and people who go and see it are going to “come away with some new perspectives on things,” Pasqua said.
Everyman will be shown starting at 7:30 p.m. from April 13 to 15 and from April 20 to 22 in the LCCC Playhouse.