February 25, 2007

Combinding the new with the old

I have just returned from seeing Seton Hill University's Production of Everyman. I have to say that I was impressed by the adaptation done by Dr. Terry Brino-Dean, associate professor of theater and director for the play. What made this adaptation so interesting. The play was really made into a musical. The music was by the Indigo Girls and fit very well considering the differences between the play and the music.

According to the program and very well know is the fact that the author of Everyman is unknown. It is a morality play from the 15th century. The play centers around Everyman and the fact that God is unpleased with his actions. God sends Death to Everyman to tell him to prepare to meet the Lord. Some of the central issues in the play are the issues of death, corruption, and abuse. The play still stands today because it reminds us that we must try to be the best that we can be and not let vice or sin bring us into disrepute. It reminds us that good deeds help to raise us up and they help us to become better people.

In adding the music by the Indigo girls I think that there was much added to the play. The music is uplifting where the words of the play, while uplifting towards the end, are meant to give the message that we must repent. The music also helps those today, especially the college crowd, to understand the nature of the 15th century words. They bring into reality what can still be seen in our world today.

Anonymous, ''Everyman'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by Tiffany Brattina at February 25, 2007 4:27 PM | TrackBack

I chose to respond to your blog because you are the only one on the trackbacks that discussed the actual meaning to the play, rather than just the contrast between modern music and Middle English. Let's save the Indigo Girls for another day.

I agree with you when you write about the importance of the morality and realism behind the actual play. I found it very interesting how the characters of Everyman are very relatable to our own personas because of our actions and our want for worldly possessions, rather than our good deeds. It should also be considered that the element of sin makes us realize how we as human beings should act in good manner in order to save our own fate. Overall, I agree that the production of the play was great, and the adaptation was really good, but it is the play in the 15th century that interests me more.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at February 28, 2007 9:24 PM
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