• 2020-2021 Season,  Everyone

    Liturgical Drama – A Thing of the Past?

    by Lillian Bills, dramaturg The original Everyman comes from several hundred years of liturgical (religious) drama in Western Europe. There were several different kinds of liturgical drama that arose during the medieval ages including mystery plays (retellings of bible stories) and morality plays (plays that teach a moral). Hrotsvitha, a German nun in the 10th century, is credited with being the oldest medieval playwright. She wrote liturgical comedies which focus on the battle between good and evil, chastity, and martyrs. Liturgical drama was created not only to entertain audiences, but also to make Bible stories more relatable or to remind audiences to choose good over evil. Liturgical drama dominated English…

  • 2020-2021 Season,  Everyone

    Interview with Dr. Joseph Parry

    by Lillian Bills, dramaturg This interview was conducted on March 4, 2021 by Lillian Bills, dramaturg for BYU’s productions of Everyone, a new adaptation of the medieval play Everyman. Dr. Joseph Parry is a professor of Comparative Arts and Letters at Brigham Young University. Watch the video, or read the transcript below. And join us for Everyone, live streaming March 11-13, 2021. Time Stamps: 00:00 – 6:17 – Setting the Historical Stage 6:17 – 9:23 – Everyman and Catholicism 9:23 – 16:20 – How do you prepare for death? 16:20 – 21:10 – Medieval Idea of God 21:10 – 23:12 – the Everyone Adaptation 23:12 – 16:35 – What we love about…

  • 2020-2021 Season,  Everyone

    Practicing Small Kindnesses

    by Lillian Bills, dramaturg The final line of Everyone reads, “You may go before you have ten candles on your cake or you may go after you have one hundred, just remember that no matter the time or place, you’ll be alright if you learned to love.” As a team, we decided that we wanted to practice what we are teaching. Every week, I gave a little Charity Challenge that encouraged us to practice small kindnesses. Below are some of our experiences. Megan Sanborn Jones (Director) I have a really rare blood type that only shows up in about 2% of the population and is the only kind of blood…

  • 2020-2021 Season,  Everyone

    Interview with Ty Hawton, Playwright

    by Lillian Bills, dramaturg This interview with Ty Hawton, playwright of Everyone (an adaptation of Everyman) was conducted by Lillian Bills, dramaturg for BYU’s 2021 production of Everyone, on February 11, 2021. Download the transcript of the interview by clicking on the link just below the video. Time Codes: 0:00 – 2:15 An Introduction to Ty Hawton 2:15 – 7:46 About Playwriting and Ty’s Style 7:41 – 14:25 Adapting Everyman 14:25 – 16:00 Ty’s Favorite Moment from Everyone 16:00 – 18:46 Challenges of Writing a Zoom Performance 18:46 – 19:45 Excitement for Everyone 19:45 – 24:42 What’s Next for Ty Interview with Ty Hawton Transcript

  • 2020-2021 Season,  Everyone

    @ExploringEveryone

    Exploring Everyone: A Virtual Lobby Display   Take a look at the Instagram page for the Everyone! It’s a virtual lobby space filled with opportunities to explore themes within the show and see what others are saying. We look forward to seeing you there. Follow us @ExploringEveryone.