this comes from an unlikely source: a speech and debate piece i never got around to finishing. this was supposed to be from a dramatic monologue lol.
i feel like this is a good time to issue a bit of a disclaimer:
NOT EVERYTHING I POST ON THIS ACCOUNT IS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL.
sorry if i came onto strong; back to low caps as usual.
but in all seriousness, many of the sentiments expressed in my pieces are not my own. as a writer, it is my duty to draw from the opinions as others, societal patterns, and the general consensus.
tl;dr: i am not the speaker in this excerpt. i can make friends.
“Here Beginneth A Treatise On How Someone Or Something —God?— Sendeth Death To Summon Every Creature To Come And Account For Their Lives In The World, Presented In The Manner Of A Morality Play.”
And so beginneth (ha!) #Read#54 of 2018: EVERYBODY by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, one of the two finalists for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
A new take on the oft-studied morality play, EVERYMAN. Very theatrical in nature, it folds the audience into the action of the work as the story of Everybody, having been summoned by Death, seeks out Friendship, Kinship, Cousinship and Stuff to join them for the Judgment of God.
I was able to catch the premiere production at the Signature Theatre right after the 2016 election. The final moments of the play, where we— (SPOILER ALERT, but hey, you’ll figure it out someday, even if you don’t read this)
—figure out that Everybody, rejected by Friendship, Kinship, Cousinship, and Stuff; and abandoned by the temporal Beauty, Strength, the Senses, and the Mind; must face God alone, save for Love and All The Terrible Things done while on Earth— those moments in the aftermath of months of angst (and what has been a waking nightmare ever since) were so healing. To be reminded of universal humanity in the midst of such animus was a beautiful thing. And that is why I think this play has a great future ahead of it.
This play is a true ensemble piece for nine actors of varying generations, genders, and ethnicities. The character list indicates that the exact breakdown of roles should vary each time the show is performed. For the Signature production, the cast drew their parts nightly. Talk about a huge, amazing challenge for any actor or actress!! Excellent potential monologues and scenes to be found here too for any actor or actress, any age, any ethnicity. I would highly recommend for college/community/professional theatre production and for personal reading/scene study.
That Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, y’all. Definitely one to follow, if you’re not already!
It's great to get a little practice in. Shakespeare is infinitely relevant. This monologue is rather fitting for a few ridiculous things going on in my world recently (there's no stopping a true creative, buddy 😌). Also, I mentioned a few posts back that I'm reshaping my company by revisiting the roots of my craft for what I need to do. The theatre has always been there for me. I love that I still get to pick from that tree to push forward on new things. WATCH the FULL clip on my IGTV channel.