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Every Brilliant ThingArt :: Theatre
Every Brilliant Thing
7:00 PM
The Elling House Arts & Humanities Center
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.
Every Brilliant Thing playwright Duncan Macmillan said he aimed to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness by creating new ways to discuss it openly – and by making people laugh.
"I don’t think I’ve laughed as much making a piece of work as I have with this show, and yet we had quite a seriousness of purpose," Macmillan said. "We wanted to talk about depression in a way that was accurate and which didn’t alienate an audience. Considering how common depression is, it’s surprising how much stigma there still is around it, how reluctant people are to discuss it. We kept reminding ourselves of the aims of the piece – to make people feel OK to talk and think about depression, to talk about it responsibly and accurately, and to provide a few tools with which to think and talk about it. That sounds quite worthy now I say it out loud, but we mean it."
Every Brilliant Thing will tour Montana for 50 performances from June 6 through August 3, thanks to a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, who've prioritized suicide prevention efforts throughout the state. With their help, Grandstreet Theatre will be able to share this beautiful show and its life-affirming message with all of Montana.

"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," Grandstreet Managing Director, Kal Poole said. "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."

For questions or more information, please contact Perri May, EBT Tour Booking Agent at 406.439.7741 or email tour@grandstreettheatre.com .
Age Group: All Ages
Venue: The Elling House Arts & Humanities Center
Address: 404 East Idaho St. Virginia City, Montana 59755
Phone: 406.843.5507

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