Spinning Tree Theatre has announced the director and cast for its season opener, “Every Brilliant Thing,” created by British playwright Duncan Macmillan with comedian Jonny Donahoe.
The Kansas City premiere will be directed by Doug Weaver and feature local actor R.H. Wilhoit. The production marks the company’s first mainstage show at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.
Weaver on first reading the play: “It touched something deep inside and did it in such a funny way. I found myself actually laughing through tears! The beauty is in the little details.”
You’re seven years old. Mom’s in the hospital. Dad says she’s “done something wrong.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. 1. Ice cream. 2. Kung Fu movies… 6. Me. You leave it on her pillow. You
know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. “Every Brilliant Things” takes audiences on a journey that truly examines what makes life worth living – and the power of theatre to bring people together.
“Every Brilliant Thing is an innovative approach to theatrical storytelling,” says Artistic Director Michael Grayman-Parkhurst. “This unique event fits beautifully into our wheelhouse, as it literally and figuratively ask audiences to meet us halfway. Ultimately, this play can be cathartic and may offer further proof that art can heal.”
“Every Brilliant Thing” runs August August 16 – September 1 at Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212. For more information visit spinningtreetheatre.com.