Villanova Theatre’s production of the medieval drama Everyman opens Nov. 12, and offers a contemporary re-imagining of the classic allegorical tale. The production, directed by the Rev. David Cregan, OSA, PhD, features a female actor portraying the lead role of Everyman, and a script translated from Middle English into the current vernacular by Mark J. Costello, an alumnus of the University’s Master of Arts in Theatre program.
Given that several ACS courses have integrated the text of Everyman into their syllabus, Villanova Theatre’s production proves timely as the semester draws to a close and students begin crafting their final papers.
Everyman runs from Nov. 12 to Nov. 24 in Vasey Theatre on Villanova’s main campus.
Research librarian Sarah Wingo compiled this week’s Dig Deeper links. A theatre buff, she looks forward to the modern twist the Villanova production will add to the morality play. Those links can be found below:
Dig Deeper: Everyman
Link to Project Gutenberg text of Everyman. Available in multiple formats including PDF and Kindle versions: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19481
One of the earliest surviving printed versions of Everyman from 1515, Held at the Bodleian Library and viewable online through EEBO: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/1119972
Later 1528 version with woodcut images: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/1111710#sthash.Pbu4iRR4.dpuf
Everyman a comparative study of texts and sources (BOOK, available in Falvey): https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/396360#sthash.pmTeRdNL.dpuf
Article by Corey Waite Arnold, writer and intern on the Communication and Publications team. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.
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