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by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

directed by guest director Daniel Jáquez


Performance Dates

March 3, 4, & 5 @ 7:30pm



Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre



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March 3 @ 7:30pm

Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Directed by Daniel Jáquez. Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre. 

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March 4 @ 7:30pm

Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Directed by Daniel Jáquez. Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre. 

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March 5 @ 7:30pm

Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Directed by Daniel Jáquez. Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre. 

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The Cast

Usher - Morgan Scott
Death - Frida Villeda
God (voice over) - Colby Muhammad
Evil - Mia Van Deloo
SB2/Cousin/Strength/'A' - Sabrina Liu
SB3/Kinship/Mind/"B" - Iris Feng
SB4/Stuff/Beauty/"C" - Kat Peña
SB5/Friendship/Senses/"D" - Ellen Nikbakht
Girl/Time - Lisette Velandia
Audience/Love - Josiah Cajudo


The Creative Team

Director: Daniel Jáquez
Scenic and Projections Designer: Elizabeth Barrett
Costume Designer: Daniella Toscano
Lighting Designer: Shelby Thach
Sound Designer: Salvador Zamora
Choreographer: Frida Villeda
Associate Video Designer: Harrison Foster
Assistant Costume Designer: Grace Wong
Assistant Lighting Designer: Elba Emicente
Assistant Director: Mia Van Deloo
Assistant Director: Raina Duncan
Production Stage Manager: Allison Bailey
Assistant Stage Manager: Stephanie Carrizales
Assistant Stage Manager: Hannah Gallagher
Dramaturg: Emmajo Spencer
PA: Angela Park



Director's Statement

The play The Somonyng of Everyman, written in the 15th century, is an allegorical morality play intended to guide humanity towards salvation. Our play, EVERYBODY by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, with wit, humor, and the realness of present-day society, allows us, when confronted by death, to ask fundamental questions regarding the behaviors and the priorities in our lives.

It is said that everybody dies, that what’s important is the journey. Nonetheless, what do we actually do when we are faced with death? Do we take inventory, do we look back, do we look forward? Who do we do the looking with? Will we be alone? What do we take with us?



About the Director

Daniel Jáquez (he/him/his) who recently relocated from New York to San Diego, is originally from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México—traditional territory of the Manso, Apache, Jumanos, and Rarámuri people.

In San Diego Jáquez cofounded TuYo Theatre whose goal is to create and produce Latinx theater; The Old Globe invited him to be an inaugural Classical Directing Fellow and commissioned him to create plays with the City Heights community to celebrate Día de Muertos; He is a proud Artistic Trustee of Diversionary, the third oldest LGBTQIA+ theater in the country.

In NYC Jáquez served as a member of the Advisory Committee for The Lark's México/U.S. Playwright Exchange Program, a program he has continued as the San Diego/Tijuana Playwright Exchange. He has translated plays by award-winning Mexican playwrights and his translations have been published by NoPassport Press, The Mercurian, and Asymptote. He worked as Director and co-founder of Unit52, Intar’s acting company; Director of INTAR/Jerome Foundation NewWorks Lab festival producing four plays by emerging Latinx playwrights annually; Co-founder and Artistic Director of Calpulli Mexican Dance Company.

In Portland, Oregon, Jáquez spent a season serving as Interim Artistic Director of Milagro Theatre where he’d been an associate artists since 2001. He directed several productions in Spanish and English and was awarded a DRAMMY for outstanding direction of a play.

Jáquez earned an MFA in Directing from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute at Harvard University and a BS in Mathematics from the University of Texas. Visit to learn more.


About the Playwright

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has recently joined Yale as a Professor in the Practice of Theater and Performance Studies. Jacobs-Jenkins is a playwright whose plays include Girls (Yale Rep), Everybody (Signature Theatre; Pulitzer Prize finalist), War (world premiere, Yale Rep; LCT3), Gloria (Vineyard Theatre; Pulitzer Prize finalist), Appropriate (Signature Theatre; OBIE Award), An Octoroon (Soho Rep.; OBIE Award), and Neighbors (The Public Theater). A Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre, his most recent honors include the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright from the London Evening Standard, a London Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwriting, a MacArthur Fellowship, the Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama, the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Steinberg Playwriting Award, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award. Jacobs-Jenkins has taught at NYU, Juilliard, Hunter College, and the University of Texas-Austin.