New Stages Theatre Company: Every Brilliant Thing
By Duncan MacMillan and Jonny Donahoe
The Theatre on King (171 King St, Peterborough)
Thursday January 16 – Saturday January 25 2020
7:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday
3:00pm Sunday matinée
Directed by Linda Kash
In partnership with Public Energy
Every Brilliant Thing is a life-affirming story of how hope can be maintained by focusing on the things in life that are profound in their simplicity. The play avoids the familiar way plays and films depict depression and self-destruction by writing the story with humour that includes stand-up comedy and audience participation that keeps the play entertaining and fun yet moving and relatable.
Stratford actor Steve Ross plays an adult man whose family history of mental illness has affected him more deeply than he realizes. Breaking the 4th wall, the audience plays an important role in assisting the actor in telling the story in a way that is gentle. This audience participation will not be a confrontation to those who prefer to sit in anonymity at the theatre. It is an empowering form of audience participation that leads audience members to feel a mutual bond in providing the character in front of them with comfort and joy.
Every Brilliant Thing is about the realities each of us face and reminds us to appreciate the joys of being alive and what it means to be human. And that is what the best of theatre does.
Steve has just completed his 16th season at The Stratford Festival. His credits there include The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, The Alchemist, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, Tommy, Kiss Me, Kate, Cyrano de Bergerac, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Comedy of Errors and Richard II.
Other credits include Shrek, A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, A Little Night Music (Grand Theatre, London), Assassins (Talk Is Free Theatre, Barrie and Toronto/Manitoba Theatre Centre), The Full Monty (Rainbow Stage), Seussical (Theatre Aquarius), A Year with Frog and Toad )Manitoba Theatre for Young People/Citadel Theatre), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, West Side Story, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre), The Producers (Mirvish/Neptune Theatre), Into the Woods, London Road, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage) and The Foursome, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (New Stages Theatre Company).
Linda Kash began her career at the Second City in Toronto where she performed, directed and conducted workshops. She has appeared in and directed a number of plays, films and television shows throughout Canada, the United and Europe as well as Russia and New Zealand. More recent directorial projects include The Year of the Suddenly, Colin Mochrie in Hyprov for Just for Laughs and the Edinburgh Festival, Beneath Springhill, a one-man show with Beau Dixon, Wreck Wee Em, and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town for New Stages.
Linda co-founded a Performing Arts School (Peterborough Academy of Performing Arts) with her late husband Paul O’Sullivan. She is best known as ‘The Philadelphia Cream Cheese Angel’ to many (a successful campaign which ran for 16 years) and was a guest star on Seinfeld.