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OJC Press Release ID: 2927


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Otero Players to Present The Summoning of Everyman

 

The Otero Players will present The Summoning of Everyman, a medieval morality play from the 14th century, by an unknown author on April 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m. in the Ed Stafford Theatre at the Otero Junior College campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Otero Players is made up of faculty members, students, college staff, and community volunteers. According to Cassidy Litle, OJC arts faculty and theatre director, in this type of play, characters are not individuals, but rather symbolic of attributes and characteristics. For the time period, such a production would be put on by local authorities, commission artisans for building outdoor stages, and local amateurs would make up the actors. The productions were held outdoors in many cases, were quite interactive with the audience, and were used to impart religious stories and lessons to a population prepared to view theatre as both entertainment and instruction.

In this particular play, God, in seeing that humanity has turned toward worldly pursuits, sends Death as a messenger to Everyman, Death tells Everyman that he must prepare an account for his life and deeds to present before God. Everyman is unprepared to make for this reckoning, and with his remaining time turns to those around him, from Fellowship to his own Goods, to take the journey with him, but finds that those who will help him come before God are those things which he has ignored: his own Good Deeds and the knowledge of confession, penance, and salvation.

“The play was chosen for many reasons,” Litle explained. “It was one of the student's favorites in my Theatre Appreciation course, not just because some of the religious symbolism felt familiar, but also because the staging for the period led to interesting discussions on how to stage such a play for a modern audience and in a modern theatre. It was also selected as the production this spring because it represents a different time period and genre than previous productions, and we hope that the audience finds the play both engaging and informative as a representation of Medieval European perspective on religion.”

According to Litle, the class has worked together to come up with a design concept which will represent the historical setting of the play while making it accessible to the audience through an updated script the students composed themselves. Rehearsals are well under way, and the Otero Players are ready for their production nights.

The Summoning of Everyman cast will be as follows:

Everyman - Noah Dohm, Broomfield
Death Kenny - Hare, Rocky Ford
Good Deeds - Jodyanna Gallegos, Swink
Knowledge - Hannah Holt, La Junta
Good - Brenda Erwin, La Junta
Fellowship - Trevor Coates, Rocky Ford
Messenger/Discretion - Joseph Eubank, La Junta
Kindred/Confession - Jeff Reed, La Junta
Cousin - Stephanie Dirmeier, Rocky Ford
Five Wits/Doctor - Demian Ryder, La Junta
Beauty - Julia Skoba, Saratov, Russia
Angel - Cody Rogers, La Junta
Strength - Sam Willett, Alamosa

For more information about the production or Otero Players, contact Cassidy Litle at 719-384-6851 or email Cassidy.Litle@ojc.edu.

 

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Noah Dohm, Broomfield, stars as Everyman in the upcoming OJC production, The Summoning of Everyman, a medieval morality play, which will be free and open to the public April 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m. Also Pictured: Jodyanna Gallegos as Good Deeds (left), La Junta; Hannah Holt as Knowledge (right), La Junta.







 

 

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