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Every Brilliant Thing
July 11 @ 7:30pm
In collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, Montana Dakota Utilities and Town Pump, Helena-based Grand Street Theatre proudly presents Every Brilliant Thing at Livingston’s Shane Lalani Center for the Arts on Thursday, July 11th. Beginning at 7:30pm, the hilarious, powerful and timely play shines a light on all the things that make life worth living. The performance visits Park County as part of its Montana Tour.
A seven year old comes home from school to learn that Mom is in the hospital. Dad says “she’s done something stupid.” The kid begins to create a list for Mom. A list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for: 1) Ice cream 2) Water fights 3) Staying up past your bedtime to watch TV… As time passes and the list grows, and what began as a naive attempt to make Mom happy becomes an epic chronicle of life’s little wonders. A tribute to the irrepressible resilience inside all of us and the capacity to find delight in the everyday, Every Brilliant Thing is a funny, clever, and surprisingly uplifting play about the lengths we go to for those we love.
Written by award-winning British playwright Duncan Macmillan with UK comedian Jonny Donahoe and alternately starring Helena native Rosie Seitz Ayers and Ryan Eggensperger, this powerful one-actor show explores mental health, families and the ways we love in a hilarious and uplifting production for both adults and teenagers.
“There are many folks who deal with mental health issues across the state and unfortunately we have the highest rate of suicide per capita in the nation,” says Grandstreet Managing Director Kal Poole. “The beauty of Every Brilliant Thing is that it takes the same impulse that people have toward spiraling downward and changes the direction. This show encourages spiraling up and becoming obsessed with gratitude and beauty in everyday moments. We have a feeling that that message will resonate with audiences throughout Montana.”
Thanks to a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield, these performances are free of admission. A $5 suggested donation will go to benefit local resources for mental health and suicide prevention. Learn more about Every Brilliant Thing and its Montana tour by visiting www.grandstreettheatre.com. •