May 19-28: Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University is presenting Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ EVERYBODY Featuring Avelina Sanchez, Lola Bodé, Declan Collins, Claire Guthrie, Ben Jouras, Kylie Kim, Molly McDermott and Ferdinand Moscat

Avelina Sanchez

Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University is presenting EVERYBODY by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Friday, May 19, 2023 – Sunday, May 28, 2023 at the Ethel M. Barber Theater on the Evanston Campus of NU at The Wirtz Center, 30 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston, IL 60208. Click here to purchase tickets.

Helmed by Katie Lupica, the cast features Avelina Sanchez as Usher, Ben Jouras as Death, Claire Guthrie as Love, with Declan Collins, Ferdinand Moscat, Kylie Kim, Lola Bodé and Molly McDermott as Somebodies. Understudies include Alena Haney (Somebody), Phoebe Golfinos (Usher), Nick Hollenbeck (Death/E), Claire Humphrey (Love/Time).

Avelina Sanchez is a Japarican actor, singer, dancer currently at Northwestern University. NYC Theatre: Louise in THE LITTLE DANCER, Theatre 71; Keiko in CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET, the musical adaptation of NY Times Bestseller, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Theatre 71 & Playroom Theatre. NYC Cabaret: NOW & THEN, 54 Below; EARLY NIGHT SHOW, Greenroom 42. NYC Dance: HIGH ABOVE starring India Arie, City Center; GLORIA, Jazz Lincoln Center; DTH VISION GALA starring Patti LaBelle, Cipriani 42.Television: THE VIEW. Awards: Dance Theatre Harlem Van Lier Fellowship and Ballet Hispanico Nuestro Futuro Scholarship. Instagram @AvelinaKSanchez

This modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman follows Everybody (who is chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as they journey through life’s greatest mystery—the meaning of what it is to be alive – and why it must come to an end. A finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, “this is theatre rather unlike anything you might have seen…unusual, unconventional and eye-opening…it is not only provocative and involving, it is also funny. Wildly funny, in fact.” —Huffington Post.


Join Everybody’s director Katie Lupica and dramaturg Phoenix Gonzalez for a talkback with Mel Keiser, co-convener of the Kaplan Institute’s Death Studies Research Workshop at Northwestern, and Dr. Craig Klugman, Vincent De Paul Professor of Bioethics and Health Humanities at DePaul University and death doula. They will explore the historical and cultural influences on the play and the play’s relation to discussions about death today.


The cast of Everybody participated in the national movement, Death Over Dinner, in preparation for the show. You can, too! For more information about ways to customize a dinner experience, with tips, tools, and suggestions along with prompts to get talking about this difficult subject, click here.

Performance Schedule:
Friday, 5/19 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 5/20 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 5/21 2 p.m.
Thursday, 5/25 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 5/26 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 5/27 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 5/28 2 p.m.
Estimated running time is 95 minutes with no intermission.

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