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Mr. Everyman – he dead.

Posted August 10th, 2009

Another reason why running this blog is great: apparently, artists will write us obituaries of their characters. But for Everyman, that’s somehow appropriate:

From Justin Poole:

Everyman was born in 1510 to parents who wish to remain anonymous. He made his most lasting impact in the theater where he served as an influence for William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and others. Despite struggling with a very public identity crisis resulting from seismic shifts in the evolution of Christianity, in the 20th century he became a popular addition to anthologies of Western theater and was frequently quoted by Oscar J. Brockett.

Due to Everyman’s popularity several highly unorthodox memorial services will be held in and around the historic First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia on 22nd and Chestnut streets as part of the Philly Fringe Festival.

And from Rachel Anne Stephan-Simko:

Everyman, age unknown, lived a life after his own pleasure before a fateful meeting with Death, a messenger of God. It was that pivotal occasion which spawned Everyman’s long journey, a journey lasting until the end of his days. He spent his last days among Fellowship, Kinship, and Cousin. Leaving behind Goods, Everyman took on the habit of Priesthood in his final hours.

Memorial services for Everyman will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia at 2125 Chestnut Street. Service dates are September 4-6 at
8pm, September 11 and 12 at 10pm, and a final service on September 13 at
8pm. Tickets: $15 as a part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Stay tuned for a Q&A with Cross Cultural Theatre Initiative‘s Justin Poole later this week about the avant-garde, Christianity, pop culture, and religious theater.

–Nicholas Gilewicz