Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

A comedy by Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe, directed by Argo Thompson

November 24 - December 9, 2018

Humorous and poignant, the story of a young boy who attempts to ease his mother’s depression by starting an enormous running list of everything worth living for.


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. Kung Fu movies. 3. Burning things. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. 5. Construction cranes. 6. Me. 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. A play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

Note: Every Brilliant Thing is a special event at Left Edge Theatre and is available as an add-on to the season subscription package.

Playwright Duncan Macmillan speaks about writing Every Brilliant Thing