Hope College Theatre Presents "Everyman" Thursday-Saturday,
Posted September 24, 2002
HOLLAND -- Hope College Theatre will present the
medieval morality play "Everyman" on Thursday-Saturday, Oct.
3-5, in the DeWitt Center main theatre.
Curtain time is 8 p.m. The running time of the
performances will be approximately one hour.
"'Everyman' is probably the finest and the best
surviving morality play of the Middle Ages," said John
Tammi, professor of theatre and the production's director.
"The hallmark of this dramatic genre is the use of allegory,
which is employed to dramatize the moral struggle thought by
medieval Christianity to be universal for every individual."
Written near the end of the 15th century, several
versions existed in a number of countries. The Hope
production is based on a translation of a Flemish or Dutch
play, "Elckerlijk," first printed in 1495. That play,
however, may in turn have been a translation of an earlier
The play portrays a complacent Everyman who is
informed by Death of his approaching end. As he seeks to
find friends to accompany him on his final journey, he looks
to Fellowship, his Kindred and Goods; they all desert him,
one by one. Even his personal attributes (Strength,
Discretion, Beauty, Five Wits and Knowledge) leave him. The
only one who is willing to stay by him to the end is Good
Deeds. Everyman progresses from despair and fear of death
before reaching an acceptance of his fate and, finally,
Tammi noted that he rediscovered the beauty and
grace of the play while teaching it in a theatre history
class two years ago.
"I knew the play and even performed in a
production of it when I was in college," he said. "But
reading it anew, and now at a somewhat advanced age, I saw
the power and elegance in its sophisticated use of
allegorical devices to convey the journey of life. In some
ways I saw it as being quite modern."
According to Tammi, the students in that class
responded positively to the play as well. One of them,
Patrick Glaub, a senior from Plymouth, Ind., had such a
strong vision for a potential production that he was invited
to serve as dramaturg on the current production. As
dramaturg, Glaub is doing research to inform the cast and
affect the production choices being made. He is also
playing the role of Doctor.
The all-student cast, in addition to Glaub,
includes: Patrick Kearney, senior from Clinton Township, as
Everyman; Divya Ganta, a sophomore from the Sultanate of
Oman, as Adonai; Rebekah Oegema, a junior from Lawton, as
Death; Jared Abram DeBacker, a sophomore from Jonesville, as
Fellowship; Keith Janofski, a sophomore from Marquette, as
Kindred; David Paarlberg, a freshman from Glen Rock, N.J.,
as Cousin; and Olim Alimov, a sophomore from Yonkers, N.Y.,
Also: Michaun Elise Burton, a junior from
Gahanna, Ohio, as Good Deeds; Megan Marie Jewell, a junior
from Brighton, as Knowledge; Matt Schwabauer, a freshman
from Lakehurst, N.J., as Confession; Meaghan Elliott, a
sophomore from Brighton, as Strength; Bridget Chervenka, a
sophomore from Grand Rapids, as Discretion; Carolyn Fields,
a freshman from Naperville, Ill., as Beauty; Kristin
Dowedite, a junior from Livonia, as Five-Wits; Kat Ramsey, a
freshman from Kalamazoo, as Messenger; Rachel Hutt, a
sophomore from Marion, N.Y., as Angel.
Other students involved in significant capacities
include: Elizabeth Sturrus, a senior from Grand Rapids,
assistant director; Heather Wiegand, a senior from
Hudsonville, stage manager; Micah Maatman, a junior from
Kalamazoo, scenic designer; Ryan Graves, a senior from
Greencastle, Ind., lighting designer; Abigail Youngerman, a
sophomore from Royal Oak, co-costume designer; Rachel
Jamieson, a sophomore from West Bloomfield, scenic artist
and properties assistant.
Theatre faculty member Michelle Bombe is mentoring
Youngerman, and is co-costume designer. Erik Alberg,
technical director for the performing arts at Hope, is in
charge of sound design. Todd Engle, visiting instructor and
scenic designer, is mentoring Maatman and is designing
Tickets cost $7 for regular admission and $4 for
senior citizens and students, are are on sale in the DeWitt
Center box office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and
Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Reservations can be made by
calling (616) 395-7890.
The DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at