Every Brilliant Thing
by Duncan Macmillan
with Jonny Donahoe
January 23 - February 9, 2020
A One-Actor Play Featuring David Daniel
Directed by Tyler Marchant
You’re seven years old. Mum’s in 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 that’s worth living for.
#1. Ice cream.
#2. Water fights.
#3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV.
You leave it on her pillow, hoping. And you add to the list throughout your life.
An immersive storytelling experience blends comedy, improv, and audience interaction to tell the story of a boy growing up in the shadow of mental illness, and learning to grapple with his own adult experiences with love, loss and depression. Every Brilliant Thing provides a life-affirming jolt of humanism, reminding us that hope comes from the miracles of life’s minutiae.
“[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 (UK)
Sponsored by: National Guardian Life, Sybil & Maurice Better, CUNA Mutual, Dane Arts, Stafford Rosenbaum, Our Lives Magazine
The Playhouse at Overture Center
201 State Street, Madison, WI