Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan

with Jonny Donahoe

October 11-October 27; Preview October 10

Could you name a hundred things that make life wonderful? A thousand? A million? Beginning with  “Ice cream” and “Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose”, a boy’s handwritten list to cheer up his despondent mom becomes a surprisingly funny and poignant ode to humanity. EVERY BRILLIANT THING takes audiences on a transcendent and tender coming-of-age journey that reminds us to pay attention to life’s smallest joys – and to each other.

A play that celebrates life and underscores the importance of human connection.

Audience participation. 

“[A] heart-wrenching, hilarious play…—and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop”—The Guardian (UK). 

“…very charming…offers sentimentality without shame…guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming…[The script] balance[s] acuity and affability…with unobtrusive artistry…captivating…” —The New York Times.

Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

On Mainstage October 11-October 27

Preview: Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 12, 2 p.m. and  8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 16 at at 7 p.m.
Friday, October 18 at at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m. 
Thursday, October 24 at 7 p.m.
Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m. (Alternate Access Theatre)
Saturday, October 26, 2 p.m. and  8 p.m.

Every Brilliant Thing

Talkback with Actors:
Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m. after performance
(Alternate Access Theatre)

For patrons requiring elevator access or extra assistance with stairs and/or are interested in a
Sensory-Friendly theatre experience please click here.

Hippodrome Gainesville FLORIDA

Contact the Box Office (352 375 4477) or email boxoffice@thehipp.org for Accessible Seating 

CONTENT / TRIGGER WARNINGS: Every Brilliant Thing contains descriptions of depression, self-harm, and suicide. The show briefly describes a character’s attempted suicides and her death by suicide and includes the specific means that were used.

Our 112-year-old elevator has reached the end of its life and has been permanently closed. To ensure continued accessibility to live theatre experiences while awaiting the installation of a new elevator, the Hippodrome is introducing an initiative—“Alternate Access Theatre.” Please click here for more information. Performances will take place on our 2nd Stage/Hipp Cinema, located on the first floor, accommodating individuals requiring elevator access or extra assistance with stairs.

Every Brilliant Thing

“Every Brilliant Thing” will be presented with adaptions to fit the smaller stage. 

Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m. with a talk back after performance

Please contact our Box Office to make a reservation (352 375 4477) or email boxoffice@thehipp.org

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"Every Brilliant Thing" in the News

Picture Gallery

Pictures by Michael A. Eaddy

Opening Night

“Every Brilliant Thing” is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service imprint. (www.dramatists.com)

EVERY BRILLIANT THING was first produced by Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre, on 28 June 2013 at Ludlow Fringe Festival. The play had its North American premiere at Barrow Street Theatre, New York, on 6 December 2014, where it was presented by Barrow Street Theatre and Jean Doumanian Productions.