Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Watch on demand March 15 - 21, 2021

Video available March 15 @ 12pm – March 21 @ 8pm
No longer available


Run Time: Approximately one hour

One year after closing the doors and ending this show early, we’re bringing back a virtual experience of Every Brilliant Thing
FREE to watch on demand, no tickets necessary. 

Watch the show right here any time you like starting 12pm March 15! The video will be available through March 21 at 8pm.

Instead of purchasing tickets we are asking for donations. We believe everyone should have access to the arts, and in times like these, people need the arts more than ever. If you’re able to donate, anything is appreciated, especially if it’s a lot. And if it’s not, thank you for giving what you can to help us bring shows to life.  

Join us for two Talkback opportunities with actor Christian Libonati and Director Julie Ritchey. Watch the show and buy a ticket to join the zoom Talkback March 16 @ 6pm or March 18 @ 6pm.

Every Brilliant Thing

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…

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)

“Every Brilliant Thing finds a perfect balance between conveying the struggles of life, and celebrating all that is sweet in it.”
—The Independent (London).

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. 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

The Persistent Guest and 5X5 Reading Postponed

It is with a heavy heart that we announce we will be postponing the production of The Persistent Guest and the January 5X5 Reading of The Agitators to a future date. As Omicron continues to climb, we are keeping the safety and health of our patrons, artists, staff and volunteers as our top priority.

We ask those who have purchased 21/22 Season passes and/or subscriptions to the 5x5 Readings to stand by as we hope to reschedule this event in the spring. Single ticket purchases will also be honored for the rescheduled performance. As we enter another wave of uncertain times, if you are unable to make the performance at a future date and would consider making a tax-deductible donation of your ticket purchase, we would be incredibly grateful. If you have purchased single tickets and would like a refund, please call the box office at 208-331-9224. Other 21/22 Season Shows and 5X5 Readings remain scheduled as planned. We appreciate your understanding and support!


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