McManus Stage

Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan
with Jonny Donahoe
Directed by Liza Balkan
Starring Rebecca Northan

January 21 to February 8, 2020
McManus Stage | Opens January 23

One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression.” - The Guardian
An amazing, and emotional, immersive storytelling experience.” - Broadway World
One of the best plays of the year.” – NOW Magazine

What makes life worth living? Ice cream? Puppy dogs? The answers are both simple and profound in this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. This witty and contemporary play shines a compassionate light on the impact of suicide and reminds us of all the things that make life brilliant. Equal parts hilarious and thought-provoking, this play shows us the joy that can be found in even the most unexpected places. What’s on your list?

"This production carries on our fascination with immersive experiences. With Rebecca using many audience members to assist, we’ll go on a shared experience where we will remind ourselves and each other of the ups and downs of living — and the brilliant things worth remembering." – Dennis Garnhum, Artistic Director

Running time: 70 minutes, no intermission


Pull up a chair for a casual conversation with the artists from the show at the Speak Easy, Wednesday January 29, and February 5 post-show in the McManus. The bar will be open!

Every Brilliant Thing

The Cast

Rebecca Northan

Production Team

Liza Balkan
Poe Limkul
Set & Lighting Designer
Richard Feren
Sound Designer
Renate Hanson
Stage Manager
Zack Grosh
Apprentice Stage Manager
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