March 20-21, 2020

3.13.20 After careful consideration, and a desire to ensure the health and safety of everyone who engages with the GREAT Theatre, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Every Brilliant Thing. We are working to reschedule this event.  Please see most recent COVID 19 update here.

By Duncan Macmillan
With Jonny Donahoe

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 an adult growing up in the shadow of mental illness, and learning to grapple with his own 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.


These partners will have information and representatives in the Lobby before and after the show to share more about their organization and resources in Central Minnesota: 



*Samaritans Media Guidelines are referred to in Every Brilliant Thing. Here is the list, which is intended for journalists to support informed and safe coverage of suicide. You can learn more about Samaritans here

  • Don’t provide technical details.
  • Never suggest that a method is quick, easy, painless, or certain to result in death.
  • Avoid dramatic headlines, terms like “suicide epidemic” or “hot spot.”
  • Avoid sensationalist pictures or video.
  • Avoid excessive detail.
  • Avoid using the word “commit.”
  • Don’t describe deaths by suicide as “successful.”
  • Don’t publish suicide notes.
  • Don’t publish on the front page.
  • Don’t ignore the complex realities of suicide and its impacts on those left behind.
  • Include references to support groups, such as the Samaritans.
  • Don’t speculate on the reason. That’s crucial.
  • Don’t supply simplistic reasons such as “he’d lost his job” or “she’d recently become bankrupt.”


Additional Resources

Local Crisis Hotline 1-800-635-8008

Text “MN” to 741-741

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

EVERY BRILLIANT THING is produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

This production originated at Forward Theater Company in Madison, WI and features professionals, actor David Daniel and director Tyler Marchant. 


David Daniel

Actors' Equity Association

Production Staff

Tyler Marchant

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society