Walk in the footsteps of ‘Everyman’ at Saint Martin’s
April 11, 2011
LACEY, WASHINGTON — The timeless morality tale of Everyman,
who is summoned by a displeased God to account for a misspent
life, will be staged outdoors by the Saint Martin’s University
Theatre Arts Department. The presentation will be April 20-23
and April 27-30 on the Saint Martin’s Lacey campus.
The pilgrimage of Everyman begins each evening at 6:45 p.m.
at the sidewalk crossroads in front of the University’s O’Grady
Library. It continues around campus, ending at the Saint
Martin’s Abbey cemetery as dusk falls. Tickets are $5, and can
be purchased the night of the play or in advance at
are not necessary.
Entertaining and dramatic, morality plays were encouraged by
medieval church and civic leaders to stress moral values.
Everyman is thought to have originated in 15th-century England.
The outdoor setting — traditional staging for morality plays
— provides a distinctive and memorable experience, says theatre
arts adjunct faculty member Judy Turner, the show’s producer and
As the audience follows Everyman on the lonely pilgrimage to
face Almighty God, he pleads with Death for a companion. His
pals — Friends, Family, Worldly Goods and others—refuse to go.
Only Death and his faithful friend, Good Deeds, accompany him,
giving Everyman time to reflect on his life.
“Mirrors are a theme for this year’s production,” said
Turner. “I believe if we woke up every day with death as our
mirror, we would live a fuller, richer life. If we can learn
that we don’t necessarily need to fear death, then it can be
something that’s a blessing — something that reflects our need
to live more thoughtfully, make better choices and build
A perennial Saint Martin’s favorite, Everyman has been staged
periodically at the University since 1991. Turner, a 2001 Saint
Martin’s theatre arts graduate, played the main role in the 2001
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Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded
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