Every Brilliant Thing – Montana Tour

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MONTANA

AND GRANDSTREET THEATRE

Proudly Present

Every Brilliant Thing

– A Montana Tour –

By Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe

Directed by Erin Ortman

A hilarious, powerful and timely play that shines a light
on all the things that make life worth living.

Free Admission

Any and all donations collected will go to benefit local resources for mental health and suicide prevention in each community we visit.


The Cast

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Rosie Seitz Ayers:
Rosie is excited to bring her Grandstreet Theatre role in the one-person showEvery Brilliant Thing to the rest of Montana in a 50-stop performance tour this summer. Mrs. Ayers grew up on stage at Grandstreet Theater in Helena, MT and went on to earn her BFA in Theatre and MA in Integrated Arts in Education at The University of Montana in Missoula, MT, where she has been raising her children with her husband Michael. Rosie has worked with several theater companies throughout Montana. Mrs. Ayers’ true passion is for directing and teaching in the Theatre Arts. Mrs. Ayers directs productions regionally and currently teaches theatre for SPARK! within MCPS, in schools around Montana, and for Teresa Waldorf’s Summer Theatre Camp.

 

Ryan Eggensperger:

Ryan couldn’t be more pleased to be a part of Grandstreet’s tour of Every Brilliant Thing. Born and raised in suburban Connecticut, Ryan dropped out of acting school in 1997 to work at Thompson River Lumber (Thompson Falls) during which time he discovered Herman Melville and the mountains and hasn’t been the same since. He holds a B.A. in Writing and Literature from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado.


“Heart-wrenching, hilarious, possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see.” -The Guardian

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, 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. Put this show at the top of your list!


About The Show

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. Duncan states:

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. 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 co-creator Donahoe described the play as “the funniest thing you’ll ever see about the least funny thing in the world”. “You cannot get through life without an experience of depression, whether that means suffering from it yourself or knowing a loved one who is going through it. So talking about depression is absolutely vital but it’s a bloody difficult thing to do. Hopefully we’ve built something that makes that just a tiny bit easier,” he said.

Every Brilliant Thing will tour Montana for 50 performances from June 6th through August 3rd thanks to a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, who have 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.

Grandstreet Managing Director Kal Poole says: “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. 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 439-7741
or email [email protected]

This tour is made possible thanks to a generous grant from

Additional thanks to:

 


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 premeire at Barrow Street Theatre, New York, on 6 December 2014, where it was presented by Barrow Street Theatre and Jean Doumanian Productions.
EVERY BRILLIANT THING is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Billings – 7/9/19

 7:30pm – “2905 Montana”

2905 Montana

Billings, MT 59101


Big Timber – 7/10/19

6:30pm – Sweet Grass Arts Theater

221 McLeod St., Big Timber, MT 59011


Livingston – 7/11/19

7:30pm – The Shane Lalani Center

415 E Lewis St., Livingston, MT 59047


Red Lodge – 7/12/19

7pm – Roosevelt Center

519 Broadway Ave S., Red Lodge, MT 59068


Miles City – 7/13/19

7pm – Park Place

20 N. 8th St. Miles City, Montana 59301


Sidney – 7/14/19

Sidney Middle School Auditorium

415 S Central Ave, Sidney, MT 59270


Virginia City – 7/16/19

7pm – Elling House Arts and Humanities Center

404 E Idaho St, Virginia City, MT 59755


Bozeman – 7/18/19

7:30pm – Emerson Center

111 S. Grand Ave Bozeman, MT 59715


Belgrade – 7/19/19

7:30pm – Belgrade High School Event Center

220 Spooner Rd, Belgrade, MT 59714


Dillion – 7/20/19

7:30pm – Beaverhead County High School Auditorium
104 N Pacific St, Dillon, MT 59725


Philipsburg – 7/21/19

6pm – Granite County Museum

135 S Sansome St, Philipsburg, MT 59858


Butte – 7/23/19

7pm – Orphan Girl Children’s Theatre

316 W Park St., Butte, MT 59701


Townsend – 7/24/19

7pm – Townsend Elementary School
Multipurpose Room
201 N Spruce Street, Townsend MT 59644


Stevensville – 7/28/19

2pm – Stevensville Playhouse

319 Main St. Stevensville, MT 59870


Browning – 7/30/19

6pm – Napi Elementary Gym

124 1st Ave SE, Browning, MT 59417


Pablo – 7/31/19

6pm – Salish Kootenai College Theater

58138 US-93, Pablo, MT 59855


Kalispell – 8/2/19

7pm – Flathead Valley Community Arts & Technology

Building Auditorium

777 Grandview Dr. Kalispell, MT 59901


Libby – 8/4/19

7pm – K.W. Maki Theater

Central High School

724 Louisiana Ave. Libby MT. 59923


Missoula – 9/6/19 & 9/7/19

6:30pm – Reception and 7:30 Show

Missoula Children’s Theatre

200 N Adams St., Missoula, MT 59801


 

If you are interested in helping to bring the Every Brilliant Thing tour

to your community please contact Perri May or Roger Scruggs at

[email protected]

 

Box Office: (406) 447-1574

Business Office: (406) 442-4270

Monday-Friday Noon to 5 PM

325 North Park Helena, MT