May 28 - June 22

By Nina Raine
Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi

Contains strong language

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What the critics are saying:

"A stunning production that goes straight to the heart. John McGinty is astounding. Megan Anderson is electrifying, an irresistible force of nature who pulls you in with her clear-eyed composure."  
- DC Theatre Scene

"Compelling...An absorbing play with a potent cast, sensitively directed by Vincent M. Lancisi. Just try to stop the lump from forming in your throat when, in Act 2, McGinty delivers Billy's impassioned message through signing."
- Baltimore Sun

"Incredible....An important play for Everyman and Baltimore audiences and should not be missed."
- MD Theatre Guide

"Gripping and heart-warming...the acting in the production is superb. McGinty gives a stupendous performance. Anderson's portrayal of Sylvia is exceptional. A moving experience well worth seeing."
- DC Metro Theater Arts

Billy is a young man who lives with an intellectual, chaotic and sharp-tongued family. Arguments and insults regularly fly around the dinner table, all while Billy silently watches the scene unfold - he has been deaf since birth. He has managed to adapt to his family's unconventional ways, but they've never really returned the favor. His world is turned upside down when he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the cusp of deafness herself. Fresh out of London and New York, and winner of the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Tribes is the hysterical and touching coming-of-age story about the struggle for self-identity and what it truly means to be understood.   

"The best-written, most daring and funniest new play in recent years!" - Wall Street Journal

ASL Interpretation

We are proud to offer five performances
of Tribes that feature a team of ASL interpreters: 

When you click on the above dates, please reference the seating map for optimal sightlines of ASL interpreters. We recommend sitting in rows A-H seats 1-11. 

Director of Access
Tim McCarty (Artistic Director of Quest Visual Theatre)

Director of Artistic Sign Language
Willy Conley (former Chairperson of the Theatre Arts Department at Gallaudet University)

Performance Interpreters
Aaron Halleck
Miako Rankin
Lindsey Snyder
Jeffrey Williamson

Captioned Performances

ALL PERFORMANCES! Everyman Theatre is a proud early adopter of new technology that allows Everyman to be one of the first theaters in the country to offer hand-held closed caption devices for every performance.  

Simply ask the Box Office for a complimentary closed-caption device. We also offer adjustable seat-mounts to hold the iPods comfortably in front of your seat. Special filter screens have also been installed on so those sitting nearby will not be able to see the light from the devices screen. 

Visit the Box Office upon arrival at the theatre to pick up a closed-captioning device. Our ushers will be happy to assist you in setting it up prior to the show. 

Actor John McGinty provides an ASL signed introduction to the upcoming production of Tribes. In the show, he plays the role of Billy, a deaf young man in a hearing family. 

Deaf Community Partners:
Zainab Alkebsi (Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing), Sandra Brown (Catonsville Community College), Sheryl Cooper (Towson University), Eileen Finn (Archdiocese of Baltimore), Jennifer Gunderson (Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing), Zachary Handler (Baltimore Medical System), Lisa Kornberg (Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing), Tim McCarty (Quest Visual Theatre), Lisa Weems (Hearing and Speech Agency), Evelyn Weidig (Baltimore City Schools)


Megan Anderson* Annie Grier Deborah Hazlett*
John McGinty
Alexander Strain
James Whalen
Nina Raine, Playwright
Vincent M. Lancisi, Director
Daniel Conway, Scenic Design
Jay A. Herzog*, Lighting Design
Ivania Stack, Costume Design
Elisheba Ittoop, Sound Design
Tim McCarty, Director of Accessibility
Willy Conley, Director of Artistic Sign Language
Gary Logan*, Dialects
Jillian Matthews, Props Master
Naomi Greenberg-Slovin, Dramaturg 
Amanda M. Hall*, Stage Manager

*Featured Resident Company Member 



Sign Language: The Open Sesame to the World of Social Communication
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

When playwright Nina Raine was asked what inspired her to write Tribes, she said: “I first had the idea of writing Tribes when I watched a documentary about a deaf couple. The woman was pregnant. They wanted their baby to be deaf. I was struck by the thought that this was actually what many people feel, deaf or otherwise. Parents take great pleasure in witnessing the qualities they have managed to pass on to their children. Not only a set of genes. A set of values, beliefs. Even a particular language. The family is a tribe: an infighting tribe but intensely loyal.”
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Official photos from 'Tribes' have arrived!
Friday, May 30, 2014

The 2013/14 season closes with the Baltimore premiere of Nina Raine's award-winning Tribes. Photographer Stan Barouh has captured some beautiful moments from this hilarious and touching drama. When you click on an image, it will enlarge into a slideshow with captions. More >

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"Member of the Tribe"
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
City Paper editor Evan Serpick joined the cast of Tribes during a rehearsal prior to their tech week and previews. "We're at rehearsal for Everyman Theatre's production of Tribes...the actors are working on an emotional scene in which Sylvia (Everyman company member Megan Anderson), distances herself from Billy (actor John McGinty, who is deaf), who has clung to her as a refugee from his neurotic, noisy English family," he describes in the June 11th issue of the paper.  More >

"Groundbreaking production helps audience members find their voices"
Thursday, June 05, 2014
WJZ-TV's Mike Schuh stopped by Everyman Theatre on the morning of June 4th to talk with actor John McGinty, Director of Accessibility Tim McCarty and Artistic Director Vincent Lancisi about the current production of Nina Raine's coming-of-age story Tribes  More >

"Everyman encourages an inclusive environment"
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
The Baltimore Sun's Tim Smith recently sat down with actor John McGinty, who will be portraying Billy in the upcoming production of Tribes More >

"Among the first in the country to offer closed captioning devices"
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Everyman Theatre's Vincent Lancisi recently spoke to 99.1FM-WNEW about the announcement that the theatre will be among the first in the country to offer personal closed captioning devices for patrons during all performances.  More >

"We are committed to embodying the promise of our name - Everyman Theatre"
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Baltimore Sun's Tim Smith reports on the announcement that, starting with the upcoming production of Tribes, Everyman Theatre will be among the first theaters in the country to offer handheld closed captioning devices for all performances.  More >

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
"Congratulations to Everyman Theatre for a terrific production and for becoming one of the first theaters in the country to offer handheld, closed captioning devices for every performance.  More >

"John McGinty is astounding....Megan Anderson is electrifying"
Thursday, June 05, 2014
"Everyman's production of Tribes fiercely examines what gives us our voice. Is it our identity, is it our connections? Or is it much simpler – love?" writes DC Theatre Scene's Jayne Blanchard on the current production.  More >

"Incredible...Should not be missed"
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
"This is a very important production for both the Everyman and Baltimore audiences and should not be missed," writes MD Theatre Guide's Lynn Menefee on the current production of Tribes More >

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