Allegorical 'Everyman' to be Presented March 19-21
Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013 [8:54 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College
Theatre Program will give a new interpretation on a 600-year-old
play. The college's theater program will present Everyman
March 19-21 in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson St.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. CT.
The play, whose origins are traced to late 15th-century England,
explores Christian salvation through allegorical characters.
"It's about salvation, it's about redemption, but it's about death
as well," said Lindsey Wilson Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Brock.
The play is about the character Everyman, who has been summoned by
the character Death to make his reckoning before God.
"Everyman (the character) represents all human beings, and he is
called to a reckoning with death -- it's the process you hear about
death, and nobody wants to go alone and everyone wants to bribe
death to see if they can live a little longer," Brock said. "But
eventually you have to accept it and let go."
Although the Everyman has been around for six centuries,
its author is unknown.
"Historians think it might have come from a Dutch play that is
basically the same story, but before that they think it might have
come from a Buddhist tale," Brock said. "There were a lot of
Buddhist monks going around Europe in the Middle Ages, trading
stories. And there is a story the Buddha told about a man on his
way to death who met all these people and had to let go of
One of the play's premises is that a person's good and evil deeds
are tallied by God after death.
"The play is about Everyman discovering how he's squandered his
life, wasted time and didn't think about the things that were
important," Brock said. "The characters all represent something
more bigger than themselves. … It's a really interesting play that
I've wanted to do for a long time."
The Lindsey Wilson College Theatre Program will present
Everymanat 7:30 p.m. CT March 19-21 in the Lindsey Wilson
College V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson St. Tickets at
$5. For more information, contact Robert Brock at at brockr@
lindsey.edu or (270) 590-4803.
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