– A Montana Tour –
By Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe
Directed by Erin Ortman
Any and all donations collected will go to benefit local resources for mental health and suicide prevention in each community we visit.
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 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.
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!
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.”
2pm – Stevensville Playhouse
319 Main St. Stevensville, MT 59870
6pm – Napi Elementary Gym
124 1st Ave SE, Browning, MT 59417
6pm – Salish Kootenai College Theater
58138 US-93, Pablo, MT 59855
7pm – Lincoln County High School Auditorium
340 9th Street. Eureka, MT 59917
7pm – Flathead Valley Community Arts & Technology
777 Grandview Dr. Kalispell, MT 59901
7pm – K.W. Maki Theater
1033 Main Street, Thompson Falls, MT 59873
7pm – K.W. Maki Theater
Central High School
724 Louisiana Ave. Libby MT. 59923
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