Saint Martin’s University Department of Theatre Arts presents
March 13, 2007
Lacey – The play Everyman is presented by Saint Martin’s
University Department of Theatre Arts April 24 through 28 at 6:45 p.m.
Everyman will be staged outdoors at various locations on the Saint
Martin’s University campus, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey. It begins at
O’Grady Library and ends at the monks’ graveyard at sunset.
In the 15th-century morality play, Everyman is obsession with earthly
pleasures. Displeased, God sends Death to summon Everyman to account.
Everyman pleads with Death to spare him, and, when that doesn’t work, to
allow him time to find company on his journey to God. Death consents,
and the audience travels with Everyman from place to place as he pleads
with characters who represent his friends, family, worldly goods, good
deeds and more.
“Despite the 15th century language, the message of Everyman is still
relevant today,” says John Ficker, director. “Like Everyman, each of us
is on a journey through life toward death. Along our journey we assign
value to the people and things we encounter. Whether we are concerned
about where we go after death or what we leave behind in the world, the
audience of Everyman -- who will be literally taken on a
pilgrimage -- can expect to laugh and think about how our travels and
values define us.”
Ficker, a Saint Martin’s University alumnus, has been involved in all
four productions of Everyman at SMU, according to David Hlavsa,
Theatre Arts professor at Saint Martin’s University, who directed the
first three. Ficker had a small role in the 1991 production. In 1995, he
played the title role. The third time (2001), Ficker played Fellowship
and Strength. This year, he’s directing, and Hlavsa is in the cast,
playing the character of Death.
Original music for the production was composed by Joe Mailhot, Saint
Martin’s University math professor, who conducts and plays in the
“Everyman Marching Band.”
The play is staged outdoors, and different scenes take place at
various locations on the Saint Martin's University campus as the
audience walks approximately one mile with Everyman, accompanying him on
his pilgrimage. The trek begins at 6:45 p.m. outside the library and
ends at the monks' graveyard at sunset, just after 8 p.m. The show goes
on rain or shine (within reason), so bring weather-appropriate clothing
and wear sturdy shoes.
Admission is $10, $6 for students and seniors, upon arrival for the
play. No reservations needed. The April 25 is a pay-what-you-will
performance. Prior arrangements can be made for seating and
transportation for those who need assistance; contact David Hlavsa,
chair of the department of theatre arts, 360-438-4345;
For more information:
Associate professor, theatre arts