Jan 20 – Feb 21

By Michael Hollinger
Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours with one intermission

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What the critics are saying:

"A fresh drama about family, parenting, [and] responsibility that can draw you in easily. Under the Skin also allows you to laugh. Often."
–Baltimore Sun

"Excellent! A family drama that also manages to be really funny!"
–DC Metro Theater Arts

"Superb! Filled with humor. Megan Anderson gives a riveting performance."

Hot off its sold-out run at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, Michael Hollinger's (Opus, Red Herring) funny and moving new play explores the curious nature of family dynamics and the true meaning of giving a part of yourself away. Lou has a complicated relationship with his estranged daughter Raina. But when he needs a kidney transplant in order to survive, their lives are thrust back together and Raina must decide if she can come to terms with her anger and resentment long enough to save her father's life. As Raina struggles with her decision, she meets another potential donor, Jarrell. Surprising revelations from the past are made as her immediate connection with Jarrell sends sparks flying and Raina wrestles with just how much of herself she is willing to give up.

"A story that hits home to just about every living breathing human on earth."
–Philadelphia Weekly

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Megan Anderson* Alice M. Gatling
Mitchell Hébert  Keith L. Royal Smith   

Michael Hollinger, Playwright
Vincent M. Lancisi, Director
Brandon McNeel, Scenic Design
Jay A. Herzog*, Lighting Design
Ivania Stack, Costume Design
Stowe Nelson, Sound Design
Steven J. Satta, Dialects
Jillian Matthews, Props Master

*Featured Resident Company Member 

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Stories Under the Skin is a collection of stories from donor, recipients and their family members with ties to the Baltimore/Washington community. Those contributing their stories are inviting us to learn about their real life connections to the work seen on our stage. Many of the story donors are also participating as Green Ribbon volunteers.

Stories Under the Skin: Bill Largess
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

In the summer of 1991 my then-11 year old niece was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure. She had been a very athletic kid, but had developed severe joint pain and stiffness, and after many tests they found that her kidneys were failing to clear calcium from her system and it was building up. More >

Stories Under the Skin: Juan Ortiz
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Seldom is anyone prepared for tragedy and the naivety and arrogance of youth gives us the bravado to proceed forward without fully understanding our own mortality. I would have never imagined that at the age of eighteen that I’d be thrust headfirst into tragedy. For reasons still unknown to me, I was the victim of a violent crime. I was rushed to the hospital with major blood loss and a collapsed lung.   More >

Stories Under the Skin: Kinard Alston
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

It was a typical end of the summer day, back in September 2002. More than likely, I had started my morning with a 5 mile run. I was feeling good and taking good care of myself and my family that now included a beautiful 2 year old little girl.  Morning became early afternoon and I found myself feeling extremely tired to the point that I could not ignore it. Reluctantly, I decided to go home. There, I slept for 12 hours straight and I was still tired. More >



Green Ribbon Stories: Throughout the run of Under the Skin, representatives from our partner organizations will be in the lobby wearing green ribbons (the color of organ donation) to share their stories about organ transplants and donations. Audience members are encouraged to have conversations with these volunteers and learn about their experiences.

Nightcap Chat: Tuesday, January 26

Taste of Everyman: Thursday, January 28

World of the Play: Saturday, February 6

Cast Conversations: Thursday, February 11

National Donor Day Post Show Event: Sunday, February 14, following the 2PM matinee


A portion of the proceeds from every full price ticket to Under the Skin purchased through one of our partner organization will be donated back to that specific organization. Visit our partner organization's websites for further details. 


In Session: An interview with Playwright Michael Hollinger
Monday, January 11, 2016

Artistic Associate Johanna Gruenhut recently spoke with playwright Michael Hollinger about his play Under the SkinMore >

One Donor's Drive
Monday, January 11, 2016

"I get very emotional about this,” Resident Lighting Designer Jay Herzog says with a slight shake in his voice. A member of the Everyman Family for 20 years now, Under the Skin marks two important milestones for Jay: his 50th Everyman production and the one-year anniversary of a liver transplant. More >

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Official Photos from "Under the Skin"
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Under the Skin has only be produced by one other theatre – The Arden in Philadelphia. Everyman's production marks the show's Baltimore/Washington premiere and is the third Michael Hollinger play we have produced over the past few years. The cast features Resident Company Member Megan Anderson, along with Mitchell Hébert, Alice M. Gatling and Keith L. Royal Smith. Check out the photos of the cast taken by photographer Clinton Brandhagen (ClintonBPhotography). More >

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The Ties that Bind
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Reporter Lisa Snowden-McCray of The Afro recently sat down with actors Keith L. Royal Smith and Alice Gatling to talk about their process and upcoming roles in Under the Skin.  More >

Living Life Through Giving Life
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

"Everyman Theatre uses real-life organ donor example to illustrate the experience's powerful emotions," writes Daniel Schere in the January 8th issue of The Jewish Times. Daniel recently spoke with Resident Lighting Designer Jay Herzog about his experience with a recent liver transplant.  More >

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