Every Brilliant Thing | Alabama Shakespeare Festival
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Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan
with Jonny Donahoe

directed by Rick Dildine

September 29 – October 20, 2018
Festival Stage | 70 minutes, no intermission
Recommended ages 13+

Through equal parts humor and empathy, Every Brilliant Thing tells the story of a young man who has lived in the shadow of mental illness. In an attempt to raise his mother’s spirits, he starts a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world—all of the reasons to want to live. As he grows up and has his own experiences with love, loss, and depression, the list evolves to serve as a lifelong reminder that joy can be found even in seemingly insignificant moments.

The audience will be seated on the Festival Stage for this exclusive performance.


“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




Please note that seating for this show is general admission.

Creative Team

Rick Dildine



Tom Rodman

Lighting Designer


Victoria Broyles

Stage Manager



David Lee Nelson

David Lee Nelson

David Lee Nelson is an award-winning actor, playwright, and solo performer. Theatre: 59E59, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Out of the Loop Festival, Piccolo Spoleto, Capital Fringe, Cincinnati Fringe, SPACE at Ryder Farm. TV/Film: Turn (AMC), Nashville (CMT), The Inspectors (CBS), Daytime Divas (VH1) Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (Sundance). MFA: Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. Special thanks to Ann and Lee Nelson. And to Jaimie. Who is pretty brilliant.

The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.