Everyman: Morality Play


A modern stage production of Everyman did not appear until July 1901 when The Elizabethan Stage Society of William Poel gave three outdoor performances at the Charterhouse in London.[5] Poel then partnered with British actor Ben Greet to produce the play throughout Britain, with runs on the American Broadway stage from 1902 to 1918,[6] and concurrent tours throughout North America. These productions differed from past performances in that women were cast in the title role, rather than men. Film adaptations of the 1901 version of the play appeared in 1913 and 1914, with the 1913 film being presented with an early color two-process pioneered by Kinemacolor.[7][8]

Another well-known version of the play is Jedermann by the Austrian playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal, which has been performed annually at the Salzburg Festival since 1920.[9] The play was made into a film in 1961. Frederick Franck published a modernised version[10] of the tale entitled "Everyone", drawing on Buddhist influence.

A direct-to-video movie version of Everyman was made in 2002, directed by John Farrell, which updated the setting to the early 21st century, including Death as a businessman in dark glasses with a briefcase, and Goods being played by a talking personal computer.[11]

One of the most popular Filipino adaptions of this play was the stage version of Al Bryan Lagman under the direction of Mark Ryan Hernandez, under the Fourthwall Theater Company,managed by Prof. Rommel Maglaya. The show was able to capture the hearts of Filipino students. Due to insistent public demand, the group is re-staging the show twice a year. On 15 September 2012 it was staged at CAP Auditorium, Balayan, Batangas (seen by more than 3,000 students).

The play has also been performed at Benedictine College in Kansas with a twist to include music from The Who and Led Zeppelin, with black lights and fog machines. It showed 14–17 November 2012 in the Mabee Theatre.

A modernized adaptation by Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate, with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title role was performed at the National Theatre, London, from April to July 2015.[12]

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