Every Brilliant Thing



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Every Brilliant Thing

Written by Duncan Macmillan, Directed by Marisa Hébert
Nov 26 - Dec 19, 2021


Ice cream. Water Fights. Dreams of Flying. Could you list everything that makes life worth living? In Every Brilliant Thing, our hero begins a list to save their mother and ends up saving themselves in a beautiful story of finding joy in the mundane, and gratitude for life’s simple pleasures. From childhood, through adolescence, and finally into adulthood, the narrator guides the audience through an intimate tour of life's most poignant moments, inviting us to participate as they collect tens, hundreds, and thousands of reasons to live.

Every Brilliant Thing lets us view life's joys through the lens of one person's sometimes joyful, sometimes tragic, often difficult, always human quest to find meaning, gratitude, and purpose through it all. The story celebrates resilience, perseverance, and the power of human connection against all odds, and asks us to consider one essential question: What makes life worth living?

*UCCS students receive free admission to all Theatreworks productions.
Contact the Box Office with your student ID number handy to receive your complimentary ticket.


Content advisory:

Every Brilliant Thing grapples with depression, self-harm, and suicide, including describing methods of suicide. Resources from local mental health agencies will be available in the lobby after the performance.

If you or a loved one is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.TALK (8255), or the Colorado Crisis Services Hotline at 844.493.8255, or text "TALK" to 38255.

Please email clowans@uccs.edu.​​Questions about show specifics? Email Caitlin Lowans at clowans@uccs.edu.


Rebecca Myers*
with Lynne Hastings November 27 @ 2pm, December 11 @ 2pm, and December 16

Artistic Team:

Director .......................... Marisa Hébert
Stage Manager .............. Lara Maerz*
Assistant Stage Manager ....Skylar Campbell
Sound Designer/Composer....................... Joseph Lamar
Costume Designer.......... Madison Booth
Scenic Designer.............. Frank Oliva
Props Master ................. Marie Verdu
Lighting Designer............ Emily Maddox

*Asterisk notates member of Actor's Equity Association or the United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 union.
**Double Asterisk notates member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Read More About the Play: "Every Brilliant Thing" is winsome, warm, and "a comedy about suicide" | Communique

Information & Current Policies Regarding COVID 

In accordance with Actor’s Equity Association and UCCS Campus policy, all patrons need to be masked while inside Ent Center for the Arts, including during the performance. This is for your own safety, as well as the safety of our professional cast and crew.

In this production of Every Brilliant Thing, the audience will be seated in socially distanced pods of two placed a minimum of six feet away from unmasked actors.

At this time, we are not requiring proof of vaccination from audience members, however, all visitors to campus are encouraged to complete the health assessment that will be linked in your Know Before You Go email.


We love hearing the words of both our most cherished and newest playwrights ring out from the stage, almost as much as we love hearing your voices engage with their plays. We hope you will join us to connect and dive deeper into the themes
  • Sunday, November 28, 2:30-3:30p in Dusty Loo

    Dr. Kylie Rogalla and Dr. Cortny Stark of UCCS Counseling, and Jeff Venable of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance will discuss "The Intersection of Humor and Human Resilience" before the show.

  • Saturday matinees following the show, November 27, December 4, 11, 18

    Join other members of the audience a mental health practitioner and theatre staff member facilitate as a guided conversation.

    Facilitators include:

    • Emily Brady, National Alliance on Mental Illness (11.27)
    • Dr. Catherine Simmons, UCCS Social Work (12.4)
    • Dr. Ila DeBose, UCCS Social Work (12.11)
    • Dr. Monica Peloso, UCCS Social Work (12.18)
  • Thursdays from 6:45-7:15p, December 2, 9, 16

    • Dr. Heather Littleton from the Lyda Hill Institute is presenting on 12/2
    • Director Marisa Hébert is presenting on 12/9; 
    • Speaker TBD for Thursday, 12/16.
  • 2nd and 3rd Sunday matinees following the show, December 5 and December 12

    • Will feature Rebecca Myers* (actor) and Lara Maerz* (stage manager).