By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Live in the theatre, November 25–December 3, 2021
In this witty and fresh take on the 15th Century morality play Everyman, the character of "Everybody” (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) has been summoned by “Death” to account for their life. Along their journey they meet characters such as "Friendship", "Love", and "Strength". Featuring 27 actors this production embraces the questions of our day and asks us to consider what it means to be human in a full-on kinetic and vocal embodiment of Jacobs-Jenkins' poetic and unexpectedly funny text.
Audience Advisory:Everybody contains strong language, the brief use of a non-toxic, water-based fog effect, and a strobe lighting effect
Please note: We are stil operating at half capacity but seating is not distanced. Masks are mandatory for both audience members and actors. Vaccine passports are required for entry.
Running time: Approx. 95 minutes
Photo & artwork: Angus Yam; by Emily Cooper
Kim is so happy to be back at her alma mater Studio 58 working with this wonderful group of artists on Everybody. Kim founded Electric Company Theatre with fellow Studio 58 alumni Kevin Kerr, Jonathon Young and David Hudgins and has been the co-creator / director of a large body of work that toured nationally and internationally with the company including: The Full Light of Day, Tear The Curtain, Studies in Motion, The Score, Brilliant and No Exit. Recently she co-created and directed Magic Hour in North Vancouver responding to the covid-19 pandemic; an immersive single audience experience. Other direction credits include: Angels in America (Arts Club Theatre), Romeo and Juliet / Hamlet/ Titus Andronicus (Bard on the Beach), Red (Canadian Stage, Playhouse, Citadel Theatre) carried away on the crest of a wave (National Arts Centre). Upcoming is King Lear at Soulpepper in Toronto. Kim is the recipient of the prestigious Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize, 4 Jessie Richardson wards, Sterling Award and Ottawa Critics Award all for Direction.
After leaving the ‘pop’ group Barenaked Ladies, Toronto native Andrew Creeggan pursued his musical education studying composition and piano at McGill University. He continues his journey as a musical creator with astonishing variety. He enjoys a deep musical bond with brother Jim and they perform and record under the name The Brothers Creeggan—they have 4 albums and several North American tours under their belt with collaborations including the Gryphon Trio and Kitchener/Waterloo Symphony. He uses the moniker Andiwork for his solo recordings of experimental instrumental music and released his 4th instalment “Andiwork IV” in September. Director Kim Collier has commissioned Creeggan for original music for theatre including Red (2011-Canadian Stage/Vancouver Playhouse/Citadel Theatre), The Great Gatsby (2014-Theatre Calgary) and 40 Days and 40 Nights (2018-The Electric Company Theatre/Necessary Angel Theatre/TheTheatre Centre) and Everybody (2021-Studio 58). He has been busy composing and arranging pieces for various ensembles and artists such as Barenaked Ladies, Suzie Leblanc, Steven Page, Julie Doiron, Symphony New Brunswick (including a commission for Spring 2021) and wind quintet, Ventus Machina with performances ranging from the Boston Pops, TSO, VSO, Calgary Philharmonic to the Made In Canada ensemble. Lately he has turned a new leaf and has begun conducting in earnest, most recently for Symphony New Brunswick’s presentation of Haydn’s Symphony no. 44 and Camil Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals with soloist Roger Lord and also for the Steven Page trio with SNB. His producing credits include Umläb (2021 debut EP), Les Païens “Carte Noire” winner of 2018 East Coast Music award and Mike Evin “I’ll Bring the Stereo.” He has a musical and sporty life in Moncton with his wife and two boys.
Originally from the small northern town of Smithers BC, Emerenne Saefkow is a non-binary, multidisciplinary artist who adores almost anything creative that they can get their hands on. As a recent graduate of Studio 58’s production program, they were delighted to be invited back to work with current students and design the set and props for Everybody. Some of their previous theatre credits include Carousel theatre’s “The Tempest” (Costume Design and creation) and “One of a Kind”, a zoom theatre piece for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival (Writing and Illustrating). Emerenne has always enjoyed the world of theatre and is honoured to inspire and share that joy with fellow emerging artists.
Donnie Tejani is a Jessie Award winning costume designer whose work has been seen on many stages of the Lower Mainland over the last 6 years including the Massey Theatre, Malkin Bowl, Metro Theatre and now for the first time, Studio 58! When not working as a costume designer at his costume shop/rental house, "In The Wings Costume Co." Donnie can also be found styling wigs under the online persona, "OMG Wigs" or dressing on shows backstage at the Arts Club. Notable Credits: Like it or Not (Green Thumb Theatre), Company (Raincity Theatre), Rock of Ages (Renegade Arts Co). Upcoming: The Rocky Horror Show (Studio 58), Men Express Their Feelings (Zee Zee Theatre), Battle of Uranus (Too Fly Productions). @donnietejani @omgwigs_
Robert is excited to be doing his first show for Studio 58. Recent theatre credits include Shrek The Musical (Align Entertainment), American Idiot (URP), Newsies & Mamma Mia (TUTS), Cabaret (RCMT) and Mamma Mia (The Arts Club). He has won 3 Ovation Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design (8 nominations) and has been nominated for 2 Jessie Awards.
In dance, Robert’s has worked with numerous companies around the world including Kidd Pivot, Ballet BC, Radical System Art, Company 605, Nederlands Dans Theatre, Royal Swedish Ballet, and Luzern Theatre. His work with Crystal Pite on A Picture of You Falling was nominated for a Knights of Illumination Award.
In addition to the arts, Robert also works as a production designer for international televised sporting events and large-scale music festivals. Notable credits include Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2010 Paralympics and 2017 Invictus Games, and he is currently working on his 12th Grey Cup Halftime Shows.
Cast & Crew
USHER – Brendan Law (he/him)
DEATH – Kosta Lemermeyer (he/him)
SOMEBODY/ SKELETON –Yiorgos Sahamis (he/him)
SOMEBODY/ SKELETON – Kevin Nguyen (he/him)
SOMEBODY/ SKELETON – Adam Weaver (he/him)
SOMEBODY/ SKELETON – Raquel Neumann (she/her)
SOMEBODY/ SKELETON –Laine Gillies (she/her)
FRIENDSHIP/ SKELETON – Quinn Churchill (he/him)
COUSIN/ SKELETON – Malina Fluckiger (she/her)
KINSHIP/ SKELETON – Riley Hardwick (he/him)
STUFF/ SKELETON – Abigail Padilla (she/her)
GIRL/TIME/ SKELETON – Sofie Kane (she/her)
BEAUTY – Issiah Bull Bear (he/him)
STRENGTH – Sarah Conway (she/her)
SENSES – Sarah Kelen (she/her)
LOVE – Mary-Rose Cohen (she/her)
EVIL/ SKELETON – Colton Gayl Ludwar (they/them)
MIND/ SKELETON – Emma Rose Gold (she/her)
CHORUS – Montana Lehmann (she/her), Sophia Saugstad (she/her), Andrea Abreu (she/her), Nathan Wong (he/him), Cassidy Ihlen (she/her), Shaye Steele (she/her), Tristen Foy (he/him), Liam Dignam (he/him), Zachary Bellward (he/him)
Incidental piano accompaniment – Rachel E. Ross
Studio 58 offers professional theatre training for actors and production personnel. The six terms of practical training consist of intensive classroom work as well as performance and backstage experience in productions. Production students and third term acting students operate sound, lighting, and video and act as running crew and stage management.
Assistant Director: Harmony Yen
Stage Manager: Caroline Frost
Assistant Stage Managers: Rachel E. Ross & Hailey Conner
Set/Paint heads: Brandon Pringle & Trinity Richardson
Set/Paint crew: Caylen Braun, Janavi Chawla, Serena Hatch, Samantha Kerr, Hikari Terasawa, Marielle Ortinez, Francis Santillan, Andrej Stanojlovic
Props head: Kahlila Ball
Props crew: Damion LeClair, Brian Martinez, Zoë Autumn, Samuel Walmsley-Byrne, Emma Abbott, James Stillwell
Costume head: Yana Vitkovic
Costume crew: Ben Brown, Katie Schram, Terrence Zhou, Jenna Morgan
Lighting head: Ethan DeHoog
Lighting crew: Kate Berg, Daniel Tompkins, Ella Owens, Danica Kobayashi, Alyson Vance, Shishy Gebru
Sound head: Jason Su
Sound crew: Cassidy Hergott, Emma Soothill
Marketing team lead: Brodie Kyle Klassen
Marketing team: Brynna Drummond, Olivia Manojlovic, Marianna Zouzoulas
Costume Assistant Designer: Jack Bumbala
Sound Consultant: Ace Martens & Matthias Falvai
Lighting Consultant: Keagan Elrick
Scenic Painter: Emerenne Saefkow
Welcome Everybody to Everybody!
Welcome to the Theatre.
This show is for You. And Me…and that Person over there.
When invited to direct this play my first consideration was the large cast size and creating a positive engaged acting experience for all 27.This lead to the initiation of the Everybody Chorus. While creating more roles in the play, it also widens the idea of Everybody being Everybody. As well, composer Andrew Creeggan and I wanted to harness the ensembles voice into this production. What better way to approach a piece dealing with the human experience wrestling with life as they confront their death than to use the human voice to help tell the story.
Based on the old morality play Everyman, writer Branden Jacobs-Jenkins invites us into this modern retelling which situates the moral questions of the play into a contemporary context and philosophic quest. It is a retelling that is, with an open frame of mind, brilliantly for Everyone.
Michael Gall & Arts Club Theatre Company
Bard on the Beach
Langara Audio Visual Team
Jerome Ilad, JC Arnaldo, and the team at Best Janitorial
Leanne Prain and all at the Communications & Marketing Department, Langara College
Electric Company Theatre
Facilities Department, Langara College
Moira Gookstetter, Shahin Virji, and all at the Langara College Foundation
Bruce Kennedy, for being Bruce
Security, Langara College
Shipping & Receiving, Langara College
Sarolta & Ross, Pink Monkey Studios