Every Brilliant Thing

March 4
March 21
by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
You’re six 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 that’s worth living for. 1. Ice cream. 2. Water fights. 3. Staying up past your bedtime. 4. The color yellow. 5. Things with stripes. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own... “Every Brilliant Thing finds a perfect balance between conveying the struggles of life, and celebrating all that is sweet in it.” —The Independent (London).

Through equal parts humor and empathy, Every Brilliant Thing tells the story of a young man who has grown up in the shadow of mental illness and, through his own experiences with love, loss and depression, has learned to find meaning and hope in everyday life. An immersive storytelling experience that combines comedy, improv, and audience interaction, Every Brilliant Thing strikes a delicate balance between grief, loss, and laughter.

“[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)
Performance Dates
A note about Every Brilliant Thing:

This funny and moving play shines a light on mental health and suicide, a serious problem in our day and culture. It is a difficult topic, but Every Brilliant Thing handles it with warmth and hope. For the run of this play BCT has partnered with St. Luke’s Health System and its Behavioral Health team to help bring awareness of mental health issues and available resources to our community. Behavioral health professionals from St. Luke’s and advisory members from the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, a program of Jannus, Inc., will be on hand in BCT’s lobby before and after each performance offering information and materials on mental health issues and help that is available for our community members struggling with depression and other related challenges. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, call or text the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at (208) 398-4357. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-8255