We all know death can strike any place any time, often coming as a most unwelcome surprise. In the greatest play of the Middle Ages, Death comes to Everyman when he's least expecting it, and tells him to get ready for the trip of his life. 600 years later Death is still coming to every man, and in the THEATREWORKS revival of the play, Everyman will get his bad news on a city bus leaving from downtown Colorado Springs. He won't be travelling alone: 35 audience members will be joining him for the ride of his lifetime. Everyman on a Bus plays Wednesdays through Sundays, February 21-March 17, with two performances each night.
Originally written and performed in about 1500, Everyman is one of five surviving English morality plays, and the only one to focus on the last chapter of our human experience. It remains one of the liveliest and most powerful dramatic representations of dying ever written, and it remains as timely as ever-as a recent essay in the New York Times explained, the death rate has "continued at a scandalous 100%."
THEATREWORKS Artistic Director Murray Ross said that his idea for this production came to him when he was riding a bus to teach a university class on the play. "I'm on the bus," he said, "reading this play about the journey we all take, and I thought why not here, and why not now?" And so it has come to pass that audiences will take a journey with Everyman as he journeys to his final destination.
The Everyman bus will leave from the Wyndham Grand Hotel on the corner of Nevada and Pikes Peak. You can guess where it's headed. The 70 minute ride includes many stops en route, and a host of lively and surprising passengers will get on and off as the bus as it travels into the night. Dying is generally a serious business, but on this bus it always be lively, often funny, and never dull. A cast of 14 of the region's best actors, including Tom Paradise, Sammie Joe Kinnett, Judeth Shay Burns, Nick Henderson, Takiah Coleman and Jeremy Joynt will be on board. Gypsy Ames designs the costumes; Murray Ross directs.
Seating for each performance of Everyman is very limited, so early reservations are strongly recommended.
Location Details: The Mining Exchange: A Wyndham Grand Hotel (8 S. Nevada). "Riders" can pick up their tickets in the lobby 30 minutes prior to departure. The bus leaves on-time and does not return to the hotel until the end of the performance, so there will be no late seating for this performance.