This funny and moving play shines a light on the effects of suicide, a serious problem in our day and culture. It is an adult topic, but is handled with warmth and hope. If prepared properly Every Brilliant Thing is suitable for all audiences and can be a springboard to important discussion among all ages.
Every Brilliant Thing
Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Directed by Suzy Newman
Scenic Design by David Linfield
Every Brilliant Thing has been rescheduled from it’s original performance dates in March/April 2020. Specific show dates are currently TBD but we will have more information about tickets and SLO REP’s reopening protocols very soon. Stay tuned!
ABOUT THE SHOW
You’re seven years old. Mom’s in the hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for: 1. Ice cream. 2. Kung Fu movies. 3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV. 4. The color yellow. You leave it on her pillow. You know she read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. This funny and moving play is a tribute to resilience and hope—as it enlists you, the audience, to tell this heartfelt story.
Every Brilliant Thing runs approximately 70 minutes with no intermission. There will be talk-backs with the cast and mental health experts and advocates after most shows. We strongly encourage audience members to remain for these interesting and informative sessions.
DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES
We can all help prevent suicide. Transitions Mental Health Association is an excellent local resource for more information and assistance with mental health issues. Whether it’s a family member, a friend or yourself, TMHA can provide help or lead you to someone who can. The links below offer free and confidential support for people in distress, as well as prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
Additional helpful links and resources may be found on the Transitions website HERE.
Many thanks to Transitions Mental Health Association for partnering with SLO REP on this production.
A heart-wrenching, hilarious play…One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression—and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.
– The Guardian
Five minutes into the start of Every Brilliant Thing, most of the audience had already cried for the first time – and had laughed aloud. By the end of the show, the entire room seemed to be infused with a spirit of camaraderie and hope, tinged with sadness for life’s missed opportunities.
– WENDI WINTERS, DC METRO THEATER ARTS
[EVERY BRILLIANT THING] is sad, but it is also gloriously funny and exceptionally warm. It’s a show that spells out a little of what depression can do to people, but it also highlights the irrepressible resilience of the human spirit and the capacity to find delight in the everyday.
– Time Out (London)
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Videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.
Every Brilliant Thing is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Every Brilliant Thing was first produced by Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre, on 28 June 2013 at Ludlow Fringe Festival. The play had its North American premiere at Barrow Street Theatre, New York, on 6 December 2014, where it was presented by Barrow Street Theatre and Jean Doumanian Productions.