Every Brilliant Thing

By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe Directed by Tom Quaintance

A special health and wellness initiative in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This immersive experience blends comedy, improv, and audience interaction to tell one individual’s story of growing up in the shadow of their mother’s struggle with suicidal depression while learning to grapple with their own journey and life experiences. Surprisingly charming and delightful, “Every Brilliant Thing” provides a life-affirming jolt of humanism, reminding us that hope comes from life's smallest miracles.

On Stage and Touring

January 10–February 21, 2024

Ticket price



Jan 10–16:CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio in Downtown Chapel Hill

For UNC–Chapel Hill Tour Schedule Click Here

Run Time

Approximately 65 minutes, followed by a facilitated post-show discussion


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Content Warning

Please be aware that suicide and depression are central themes of the story and will be handled with care. Resources will be available at the venue. With this consideration in mind along with parental discretion, the story is suitable for patrons ages 8+.

“One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression – and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.”

The Guardian

Every Brilliant Thing is made possible in part through a generous gift from UNC alum Alan Weinhouse. We thank him for his early belief in this project and for his deep support of mental health initiatives at UNC.

Four performers will take turns sharing the story for each performance. Find out who your storyteller will be in our schedule below.

Tour Schedule

We will tour Every Brilliant Thing to all corners of UNC–Chapel Hill, in collaboration with UNC Student Affairs. For UNC students to register for a CLE-approved performance, please register at the following HeelLife events:

Interview with the actors

To view the full individual interviews, visit our Instagram page HERE.

Read our interview with The Well.

Read our interview with North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC.