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February 26, 2007

EL312: Everyman--highly accessible today, as it would have been then

I had only read about this play prior to viewing it today in Reeves Theater, and I'm actually kind of glad that I hadn't read the script. I may have been disappointed, since I'm usually staunchly opposed to adaptations...

I realized this morning that today's 2 o'clock show was the only performance that I would be able to attend... So, thankfully I noticed before it was too late and got to the bank to get some cash. I ended up sitting next to David. We chatted a bit before the play began (while the drum circle rattled and shook), and we decided that this would be an interesting experience for the both of us.

I was pleasantly surprised when the cast kept the original speak--the "thee/thou/thine" references, while archaic when juxtaposed with the modern music and dance, made the text highly accessible to a modern audience (or post-modern, as the case may be).

I appreciated the amount of work that the actors and actresses must have put into learning their lines in the original text--moreover, the fact that five people played Everyman made me wonder how the lines were split. Who says what and why? Since there were two men and three women playing the role, were the lines split with the gender of the actors/actresses in mind?

I did stick around for the talk-back session afterwards, but when I'm faced with the option of asking questions immediately after a performance I always find myself muted since I'm still taking in all that I just saw, heard, and felt. So now I have questions... figures.

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

Posted by KarissaKilgore at February 26, 2007 12:08 AM


Karissa I also wondered how the lines were split between the character of Everyman. I wondered if this was the way that the anonymous author intended it to be or if this was part of the adaptation done by Dr. Brino-Dean? I didn't have a chance to stick around after the play, but unlike yourself I did read the script that Dr. Jerz provided and I was actually a bit confused because some of the lines came in the middle of the song and others were omitted. However, over all I was pleased with the way the show went. I actually really enjoyed it. Athena (a friend of ours to those of you who don't know her) and I sat together and we were discussing how interesting combinding of the liberal words to the songs and the conservative nature of the orginial text was. Thoughts?

Posted by: Tiffany at February 27, 2007 1:32 PM

First of all, let's not make this political. I could start a riot about that, if provoked. (The music was by the Indigo Girls, for crying out loud--if that's not begging to be political, I don't know what is.)

Anyway, since I stuck around after the show for the talk back session, I found out that Dr. Brino-Dean was the one who split the lines for the roles of Everyman, not the anonymous author. That's why I wondered if the lines were split according to the people who were cast in the roles or if they were arbitrarily split (you know, to vary male and female voices, vary short and longer lines, etc.).

I didn't read the text beforehand, I read it afterwards... You made it sound like I didn't read it at all, Tiff :( You gotta know me better than that. ;)

Posted by: Karissa at February 27, 2007 9:08 PM

I'm sorry that that is the way that it sounded. I didn't mean for it to be. :-( I was really tired when I wrote that. Now I feel bad.

Did he say whether he split the lines according to the actor/actress that was saying them then? I really did think that was interesting and since I didn't have a chance to hang around for the talk back session I really am curious.

Posted by: Tiffany at February 28, 2007 7:59 PM

Oh, it's okay. I didn't take it as an offense, Tiffany. Just thought it was weird that maybe you thought I didn't read it at all...

Anyway, no, Dr. Brino-Dean didn't say anything about that. Not really sure how to address that now that the shows are generally over (and I'll be off campus until after break, so I won't be asking anyway... care to ask in my stead?).

Posted by: Karissa at March 1, 2007 11:04 PM

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