Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan MacMiller

Every Brilliant Thing Poster
What makes life worth living? Perhaps it’s “1857: planning a declaration of love” or… “996: Really good oranges.” Or maybe just “1092: conversation.”
Every Brilliant Thing is a one-person play by Duncan MacMiller. The narrator, from the age of seven, strives to cope with his mother’s depression and suicide attempts by creating a list of everything that makes life worth living.
Filling the space with gratitude, hope, and joy, audiences will be invited to help the performer create and recite the list. 
The format of the event will consist of:
  •  65 minute performance of Every Brilliant Thing 
  •  3-4 community panelists will kick off the discussion with their gut responses to what resonated with them.
  • We will open the discussion to the audience, facilitated by a member of the production team. The event in total will last 2 hours. 
PLEASE NOTE: Every Brilliant Thing includes references to in-depth discussions of mental health, depression, suicide, suicide attempts and prevention, death, and brief mentions of drug overdose, self-harm, needles, loss of a parent, loss of a pet, and hospitalization. 
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Performance Dates & Times

April 20, 2023 - 7:30pm

April 21, 2023 - 7:30pm

April 22, 2023 - 2:00pm

April 22, 2023 - 7:00pm


The Dome at the Schwarzman Center

Patron Information

Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the event begins.

Production Team

Jun Ge
Stage Manager
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Props Designer