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Every Brilliant Thing

By Duncan Macmillan
with Jonny Donahoe
Directed by Steven Schipper 
In association with Talk is Free Theatre

 



January 22 - February 8

Tom Hendry Warehouse

4 STARS “An affirming brightly funny piece of theatre” – Time Out Sydney

Ice cream. Dreams of flying. Friendly cats. A young boy starts a list of wonderful things to cheer up his mom. As he matures and faces his own challenges, the growing list inspires him to find meaning in everyday life. Told with the voluntary help of the audience, this show is a joyful act of collective storytelling that reveals how the connections we make are what keep us strong. Funny, poignant and full of hope, Every Brilliant Thing might change how you see the world.


Running time: Approx. 90 minutes (NO intermission)
Warnings: Mature content, contains references to self-harm and suicide
Production ID: 26908
Start Date: 1/23/2020 3:52:35 PM
End Date: 2/8/2020 3:52:43 PM
Title: Every Brilliant Thing
Playwright: By Duncan Macmillan
with Jonny Donahoe
Directed by Steven Schipper 
In association with Talk is Free Theatre

 
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Synopsis: 4 STARS “An affirming brightly funny piece of theatre” – Time Out Sydney

Ice cream. Dreams of flying. Friendly cats. A young boy starts a list of wonderful things to cheer up his mom. As he matures and faces his own challenges, the growing list inspires him to find meaning in everyday life. Told with the voluntary help of the audience, this show is a joyful act of collective storytelling that reveals how the connections we make are what keep us strong. Funny, poignant and full of hope, Every Brilliant Thing might change how you see the world.


Running time: Approx. 90 minutes (NO intermission)
Warnings: Mature content, contains references to self-harm and suicide
Facility: Tom Hendry Warehouse
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Display Rotator To: 2/8/2020 11:59:59 PM

Times & Tickets

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Date Time Availability
Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:30 PM Preview Best Seating BUY
Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:30 PM Opening Night Best Seating BUY
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:00 PM Limited Seating BUY
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:30 PM Limited Seating BUY
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:30 PM Talkback (what's this?) Best Seating BUY
Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Sat Feb 01, 2020 4:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:30 PM Talkback (what's this?) Best Seating BUY
Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:00 PM Talkback (what's this?) Best Seating BUY
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:00 PM Limited Seating BUY

Actors

Performer Michael Torontow

Michael Torontow

ROYAL MTC Bittergirl: The Musical, Black Coffee.

OTHER THEATRE Kronborg: The Hamlet Rock Musical, Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown); Mamma Mia! (Charlottetown, Grand, Arts Club, US Tour); Every Brilliant Thing, Sweeney Todd, Candide, The Music Man, Floyd Collins (TiFT); The Light in the Piazza (TC, Acting Up); Dirty Dancing, Hairspray (Mirvish); several leading roles across Canada.

TV Mr. T in Lost & Found Music Studios (Family/Netflix); Hannibal, Reign, Conviction, Remedy. Other credits include: Air Canada in-flight safety video; several national commercials.

TRAINING BA in Theatre from U of O; Yoriko Tanno, Lenard Whiting, Elaine Overholt (voice training); Pro Actors Lab.

ET CETERA Love to Matej, family, friends, and the Talent House. michaeltorontow.com

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Artistic Team

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Playwright Duncan Macmillan

Duncan Macmillan

Plays include: People, Places and Things (2015-2017, National Theatre/Wyndham’s Theatre, West End); 1984, adapted from George Orwell (2013-2017, Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company, West End, Broadway, international tours, co-adapted/co-directed with Rob Icke); Every Brilliant Thing (2013-2017, Paines Plough/Pentabus Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, UK and international tours, HBO); City of Glass, adapted from Paul Auster (2017, 59 Productions, HOME, and Lyric Hammersmith); 2071, co-written with Chris Rapley (2014-2015, The Royal Court/Hamburg Schauspielhaus); The Forbidden Zone (2014-2016, Salzburg Festival and Schaubühne Berlin); Wunschloses Unglück, adapted from Peter Handke (2014, Burgtheater Vienna); Reise Durch Die Nacht, adapted from Friederike Mayröcker (2012-2014, Schauspiel Köln, Festival d’Avignon, Theatertreffen); Lungs (2011-2016, Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres/Studio Theatre, Washington, DC); and Monster (2006, Royal Exchange Theatre).

Director Steven Schipper

Steven Schipper

ROYAL MTC Artistic Director Emeritus; Artistic Director 1989-2019; Associate Artistic Director 1987-1989; selected directing credits: Billy Elliot the Musical, The Glass Menagerie, Gone With the Wind, The Drowsy Chaperone, Fiddler on the Roof, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (with NAC).

OTHER THEATRE Stratford, Shaw, Centaur, Segal, Mirvish, Theatre Plus (Toronto), Toronto Free, YPT, Persephone, PTE, WJT, TC, VP, Rubicon Theatre (Ventura, CA). 

TRAINING McGill, Bishop’s, National Theatre School of Canada.

ET CETERA In 2007, Steven received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Winnipeg. In 2012, he was appointed to the Order of Canada and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2015, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Manitoba. Since retiring from Royal MTC in May 2019, Steven has been serving as Executive Artistic Director, Performing Arts, City of Brampton.

Production Designer Joe Pagnan

Joe Pagnan

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Pal Joey, Amadeus, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Curious Voyage (TiFT); Beauty and the Beast, Shrek: The Musical (Globe Theatre); Theory (Tarragon); Shout!, Bed and Breakfast (Magnus Theatre); Creature (Frog in Hand); Venus’ Daughter (Obsidian); Grand Hotel, Senza Luce, My Bonnie Lass, Crazy for You (Sheridan Theatre). Joe has been the resident designer for Talk is Free Theatre since 2015.

TRAINING Graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School, additional training with D.A.M.U., Prague; Universität Weimar and Rimini Protokoll, Berlin. Member of Associated Designers of Canada. 

ET CETERA Joe has been nominated for the 2017 Pauline McGibbon Award, Dora Mavor Moore Award, and has won multiple Broadway World Awards, Now Magazine and MyEntertainment Critics choice, as well as the F. Joseph Anderson Award. More about him can be found at joepagnan.ca.

Stage Manager Alana Freistadt

Alana Freistadt

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Cinderella, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Hobbit, Shrek The Musical, Us, Disney's The Little Mermaid, G-Ram, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Secret Mask, The Hound of the Baskervilles, All Shook Up (Globe Theatre); For Art's Sake, Jabber, Home is a Beautiful Word, Art, The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh (Persephone); Every Brilliant Thing (Burnt Thicket Theatre); Every Brilliant Thing, Candide (TiFT); The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz (Station Arts Centre); Monty Python's Spamalot, Mama's Country Record Collection, Tales of Ti-Jean, Jewel (Stephenville Theatre Festival).

TRAINING Graduate of Sheridan College, Technical Production for Theatre and Live Events.

ET CETERA For Grandma Bernice and Grandpa Arnie.

Apprentice Stage Manager Karen Sewell

Karen Sewell

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Stage Manager: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Backstage Running Crew: Vietgone, Made in Italy (A WCT production), John. Karen also worked as the Production Associate for Royal MTC and Volunteer Manager for the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.

OTHER THEATRE In Dreams, Mum (Agassiz Theatre); Primrose School District 109 (PTE).

TRAINING U of W Department of Theatre and Film – Stage and Production Management.

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