by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Dave Dalton
Performs November 2nd – 11th in the Ruth Caplin Theatre
Rehearses August 27th – November 1st
Undergraduate casting includes enrollment in
DRAM 2430: Production Lab, Acting
Everybody is a contemporary riff on a 15th century morality play and was written by award-winning playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. He was a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, and the foundation describes his work as, “drawing from a range of contemporary and historical theatrical genres to engage frankly with complicated issues around identity, family, class, and race.”
Everybody uses humor and creative theatrical techniques to struggle with the questions of how we live a meaningful life in the complexity of our contemporary society and how we reflect on our lives in the face of our inevitable deaths.
The script for Everybody can be accessed in the Drama Dept. office.
Steps to Audition:
- Find a monologue--Find, memorize, and rehearse a 1-2 minute contemporary comedic or dramatic monologue or use this one.
- Sign up – Fill out an audition form paying special attention to the required rehearsal and performance dates and to the content warnings for the play.
- Self-tape your monologue – By Wednesday, April 26th, record a video of you performing the monologue.
Here’s some advice on how to record your monologue for a self-tape.
- Attend callback auditions: You’ll receive an email with a list of actors who should attend the callback auditions on Saturday, April 29th from 12-5pm in the Drama Building’s Helms Theatre. Please plan to attend for the entire time, although you may be released early.
Please contact UVA Drama Artistic Director Dave Dalton
Department of Drama Audition and Casting Policy and Procedures
An open casting policy exists for all Drama mainstage (Culbreth, Helms, and Ruth Caplin) and Lab Series productions. All students, faculty, staff, and Charlottesville community members are encouraged to audition. Dance concert auditions are open only to UVA students.
Please see below for additional information on casting procedures. The only exception to the open casting policy occurs in the second and third years of the graduate actors’ careers. These actors will be pre-cast in suitable thesis roles as an integral part of their advanced training.
Helms/Lab Series Auditions
Auditions for Virginia Players Lab Series shows will be conducted by the director of the production at his/her discretion. Actors will find audition notices for these productions posted on departmental bulletin boards. It is the actor’s responsibility to check for audition notices on a regular basis. We recommend at least once a week.
Audition Preparation for Mainstage Productions
Actors will be asked to perform a general audition consisting of two short (one to two minutes) contrasting pieces. If a musical is being cast, the actor will also be required to sing a brief selection. Performance faculty may be consulted for selection of audition material.
Performers will be screened in these general auditions and selected for callbacks where readings from individual scripts will be the primary audition material. Some directors may also ask actors to improvise. Actors auditioning for musicals may be required to dance. Actors should arrive at least fifteen minutes before their scheduled audition time.
Audition Information Sheets
At the time of the general auditions, actors will be given an information sheet. It is important to read all the information detailed on this sheet very carefully including rehearsal dates and times; performance dates and times; special production requirements; and departmental casting policy.
Audition Schedule for Mainstage Season
Audition announcements are posted at least two weeks before scheduled audition dates on the Dept. of Drama main bulletin board in the office lobby adjacent to Room 201.