The Honors Program Invites You to Everybody

The Honors Program invites you to join us on Wednesday, October 13th for a performance of The Theatre School’s production of

“This modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman follows Everybody, who is a personification of us all (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) on their quest to resolve life’s greatest mystery – the meaning of living.” 

Space is limited, so reserve your free ticket as soon as possible.

Please arrive at the Healy Theatre (2350 N Racine Ave.) on the Lincoln Park campus between 6:30 and 7:00 pm to pick up tickets at the box office before the performance. The performance begins at 7:30 pm.

You can also find more information on the show here: https://theatre.depaul.edu/on-stage/Pages/production-details.aspx?dpusearchbyid=404.

This event awards one Honors Point.


The Life of an Honors Playwright

Author: Morris Mclennan

At six a.m. every morning, I wake up, drink a tall glass of fair trade biodynamic keto coffee that’s been flown in from an independent New York coffee shop, and I go on a run while listening to audiobook readings of Bertolt Brecht’s full theoretical discography. I then go home, change into my black vintage trench coat, and spend the next eight hours chain smoking and writing plays on a typewriter and using my massive brain. 

That is, of course, not true at all. Sorry. Truthfully, I roll out of bed 30 minutes before my online classes and wear the same Full Sweatpant Outfit every day. I have to shake my brain around like an Etch-a-Sketch in order to generate the occasional intelligent thought. But I do write plays. 

What is a playwriting major? Sometimes when I tell people I’m a playwriting major they say “oh so you’re gonna write movies?” I am now going to use this opportunity to publicly state that no I am not going to write movies. I don’t like movies, I watch like three movies a year, and my visual processing abilities are about as developed as a toddler’s. Film is generally a visual medium and plays are generally an auditory medium. So what I actually do all day is, I think about how people talk and what that sounds like. And then I write it down. It’s a lot of fun. 

Figuring out what I was going to do with my life in high school was an interesting time. I have always been invested in a lot of different things. By senior year, I was deciding between majoring in physics, going to plane school to be a pilot, and majoring in playwriting. You might think playwriting would lead to the fewest number of post-college practical job opportunities, but uh……… all three are maybe not the best options for finding a linear path in life. But hey, does anybody have a linear path in life these days? 

The conclusion I came to was this: I am going to write plays for the rest of my life because I love it and it’s fun. So I may as well start there, and if I want to study or do something else later, I can. I’m going to live a very long life but the first thing I want to do is learn as much as I possibly can about plays! And now, three years into my epic playwriting studying adventure, I’m really glad that was the choice I made. I’ve made a bunch of friends and written a bunch of plays. I have a bunch of theatre knowledge in my brain now (but not the Bertolt Brecht full discography… yet). And, even though every day I wake up and there’s a new apocalypse to worry about, I’ve decided to be hopeful anyways. 

At some point, it will be safe to go to theaters again. The repurposed laundromats and cafes and churches that housed Chicago’s iconic theatre scene will fill up with new companies, new people, and new ideas. And it’s going to be so exciting to be there, figuring out the future. 

I think we’re actually really lucky to be young right now. Maybe nothing matters because the world’s ending. But that means the stakes are low. That means we can do anything. 


Blood Wedding Virtual Theatre Event

In this folk tragedy adapted by Maria Irene Fornes, a bride struggles with unresolved feelings for a former suitor. On the night of her wedding, a moonlit escape ignites a chain of events that will forever haunt the families of those involved. The women of Blood Wedding confront passions driven by love and vengeance while challenging Spanish traditions of marriage and honor. (By Federico García Lorca, adapted by Maria Irene Fornes, directed by Lisa Portes).

  • Access to the recording begins Friday, February 5th at noon for a 24 hour window and the link will be sent via email.
  • Tickets are first come, first-served.
  • RSVP via Eventbrite and visit the Honors Blog (www.dpuhonors.com) for more information.
  • Email a screenshot of the end of the performance to Elizabeth Woodruff (ewoodruf@depaul.edu) to earn one Honors Point.

Click on this link to register.