Signature Theatre Presents World Premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ EVERYBODY, Opens February 21

Signature Theatre is presenting the world premiere of Everybody, written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Lila Neugebauer.

The cast of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ EVERYBODY features David Patrick Kelly, Louis Cancelmi, Marylouise Burke, Jocelyn Bioh, Michael Braun, Brooke Burke, Lakisha Michelle May and Chris Perfetti. Photo by Ahron R. Foster
The cast of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ EVERYBODY features David Patrick Kelly, Louis Cancelmi, Marylouise Burke, Jocelyn Bioh, Michael Braun, Brooke Burke, Lakisha Michelle May and Chris Perfetti, (not pictured: Lilyana Tiare Cornell). Photo by Ahron R. Foster

Currently in previews on The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues), Everybody opens on Tuesday, February 21st and has been extended through March 19th.

The cast includes Jocelyn Bioh (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Obie Award-winner Brooke Bloom (Cloud Nine), Michael Braun (The Crucible), Obie Award-winner Marylouise Burke (Sideways), Louis Cancelmi (Blasted), Lilyana Tiare Cornell (LES MISERABLES), Obie Award-winner David Patrick Kelly (Thérèse Raquin), Lakisha Michelle May (“Boardwalk Empire”), Chris Perfetti (Cloud Nine).

The creative team includes Laura Jellinek (Scenic Design), Gabriel Berry (Costume Design), Matt Frey (Lighting Design), Brandon Wolcott (Sound Design). Amanda Spooner is the Production Stage Manager. Casting by Telsey + Company.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Photo by Lia Chang
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Photo by Lia Chang

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins returns to Signature for the second production of his residency with the world premiere of Everybody. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, this modern riff on the 15th Century morality play Everyman follows Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as he or she travels down a road toward life’s greatest mystery.

Signaturetheatre.org: An interview with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and  Lila Neugebauer

Tickets to the initial runs of all Signature Productions at The Pershing Square Signature Center are $30, part of the groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, a program that guarantees affordable tickets to every Signature production through 2031. Serving as a model for theatres and performing arts organizations across the country, the Initiative was founded in 2005 and is made possible by lead partner The Pershing Square Foundation. Additional support provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Margot Adams, Rhoda Herrick and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

All tickets for the initial run of the production through March 12th are $30 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. Tickets start at $40 beginning March 14th. To purchase tickets for all Signature Productions, call Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or visit www.SignatureTheatre.org.

Signature Theatre celebrates playwrights and gives them an artistic home. By producing multiple plays by each resident writer, Signature offers an in-depth look at their bodies of work.

Founded in 1991 by the late James Houghton, Signature makes an extended commitment to a playwright’s body of work, and during this journey, the writer is engaged in every aspect of the creative process. By championing in-depth explorations of a playwright’s body of work, Signature delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright’s singular vision. In 2014 Signature became the first New York City theatre to receive the Regional Theatre Tony Award.

Signature serves its mission through its permanent home at The Pershing Square Signature Center, a three-theatre facility on West 42ndStreet designed by Frank Gehry Architects to host Signature’s three distinct playwrights’ residencies and foster a cultural community. At the Center, opened in January 2012, Signature continues its founding Playwright-in-Residence model as Residency One, a first-of-its-kind, intensive exploration of a single writer’s body of work. Residency Five, the only program of its kind, was launched at the Center to support multiple playwrights as they build bodies of work by guaranteeing each writer three productions over a five-year period. The Legacy Program, launched during Signature’s 10th Anniversary, invites writers from both residencies back for productions of premiere or earlier plays.

The Pershing Square Signature Center is a major contribution to New York City‘s cultural landscape and provides a venue for cultural organizations that supports and encourages collaboration among artists throughout the space. In addition to its three intimate theatres, the Center features a Studio Theatre, rehearsal studio, and a public café, bar and bookstore. Through the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, Signature has also made an unprecedented commitment to making its productions accessible by underwriting the cost of initial run tickets, currently priced at $30, through 2031.

Signature has presented entire seasons of the work of Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, María Irene Fornés, Athol Fugard, John Guare, A.R. Gurney, David Henry Hwang, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Tony Kushner, Romulus Linney, Charles Mee, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, Naomi Wallace, August Wilson, Lanford Wilson, and a season celebrating the historic Negro Ensemble Company. Suzan-Lori Parks is the current Residency One playwright. Signature’s current Residency Five playwrights are Annie Baker, Martha Clarke, Will Eno, Katori Hall, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and ReGina Taylor. In addition to the Regional Theatre Tony Award®, Signature’s productions and its resident writers have been recognized with the Pulitzer Prize, Lucille Lortel Awards, Obie Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and AUDELCO Awards, among many other distinctions.

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
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Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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