Every Brilliant Thing

Ice cream. Water fights. Things with stripes…a list of everything beautiful about the world. Everything worth living for.

If you were to make a list of things that make life worth living, what would be at the top? Ice cream? Family? The even numbered Star Trek films? With whom would you share your list?

For our character in this uplifting solo performance, it’s their mother. This surprising and immersive theatrical experience speaks openly about depression, mental illness, and suicide. With poignant humor and joy, Every Brilliant Thing takes us on a journey through grief, healing, falling in love, and (re)discovering all that life has to give.

By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Directed by Andrew Carlson

This production is co-sponsored by:
Char & Bill Carlson
Kathy & Dave Christenson

Artwork created by Molly Lyn


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Who you should bring

Anyone with whom you can both cry and snort-laugh.

Special Events & Offers

PWYW Previews

Catch the final stages of the rehearsal process during our PWYW (Pay-What-You-WILL) Previews! You can see the show before the opening of the season and pay whatever you are able for your ticket. These tickets are not available online – call the Box Office or stop by in person to reserve a seat to the PWYW Preview performance. Then make sure to tell your friends about what you saw and invite them back for the “real” thing!

Opening Night – Sunday, July 5th at 2 

Every Brilliant Thing opens on Sunday, July 5th at 2:00 p.m. in the Dorothy B. Magnus Black Box theater in the Robert A. DuFresne Performing Arts Center.

Winona Wednesdays

Every Wednesday during the season is Winona Wednesday! All adult tickets are only $12, and student tickets are just $10. Make sure to reserve yours in advance – they go quickly. Every Brilliant Thing will have Winona Wednesday performances on July 8th, 15th, and 29th at 7:30 p.m.

Cast & Artistic Staff

Full casting announcements will be made in spring of 2020


Michael Fitzpatrick


Andrew Carlson

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