Show logo: Drawing of a skull superposed on a heart


by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

December 2, 3, 4*, 6, 7, 8, 2022

William Inge Memorial Theatre

Random is not random. Chance is not by chance. These themes are explored in this modern adaptation of the 15th century morality play. Each night the audience will choose which member of an ensemble cast will face Death and who will play the people, things, and morals of which their life (was) comprised. With quick, offbeat humor and contemporary dialogue, the play shines a spotlight on that terrifying, illusive, question that we have all had to face, especially in the last few years: what would happen if Death called? In this journey through the meaning of life, we are asked to reflect on love, friendship, materialism, religion, and regret.

This production includes adult language and themes, it may not be appropriate for all audiences. Performances may also include partial nudity based on the vote outcome.

Creative Team

Directed by Timmia Hearn DeRoy
Scenic Design by Taiane Lacerda
Costume Design by Rana Esfandiary
Lighting Design by Hazel Youngquist
Hair & Makeup Design by Quintin Castro
Dramaturgy by Brad Mathewson
Stage Management by Connor Maloney


Usher/God Understanding - Olly G. Mitchell
Death - Sergio L. Alicea
Somebodies - ShonMichael Anderson, Zoe Arp, Diego Rivera-Rodriguez, Lauren K. Smith, and Jayden Warf - The Somebodies will play the roles of Everbody, Friendship, Strength, Kinship, Beauty, Cousin, Mind, Stuff, and Senses based on the outcome of the audience vote.
Girl/Time - Hannah Gassman
Love - Mickey James Pluta
Understudy (Usher/Death/Girl/Love) - Layla English

Patron Information

  • Due to the intimate nature of the Inge Theatre there will be no late seating for this production.
  • There is no reserved seating for this production. Patrons who use wheelchairs or need other seating accommodations may contact the box office to make specific arrangements.
  • Patrons are encouraged to wear masks when attending performances.

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Ticket Information

  • Tickets are available in person at the University Theatre Box Office in Murphy Hall, by calling 785-864-3982, or online at the links below.

  • If a performance is sold out, we will start a waiting list one hour before curtain for any seats that become available. Please call the box office for more information.

Ticket Prices

  • Adults - $20

  • Children - $10

  • KU Faculty/Staff - $15

  • KU Students - $10

  • Senior Citizens - $15