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Every Brilliant Thing
September 21, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Middlebury Actors Workshop is thrilled to present the Vermont premiere of the extraordinary one-person show, Every Brilliant Thing. A long running hit in both London’s East End and New York City’s Off-Broadway, this show handily won the New York Times Critics’ Pick of 2015.
Ice cream. Things with stripes. Water fights. Thus begins a list the play’s narrator makes as a child to help her chronically depressed mother see the beauty of life and, well, to keep her alive.
What’s brilliant? Things worth living for. At seven years old, determined to expand this list as long as necessary to remind her Mom of the reasons to live, she makes the reasons hard to ignore. She puts them between pages of her Mother’s book, beneath her pillow, on the bathroom mirror… Chocolate. Peeing in the sea and nobody knows. Piglets. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose.
The girl grows up, falls in love, begins her adult life, and as she faces her own struggles, the list grows into the thousands, taking on a life of its own. Having dessert as a main course. Really good oranges. Dreams of flying. Nina Simone’s voice. And then what happens? For this, you’ll have to come see!