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Duncan Macmillan’s Smash Hit New Play “Every Brilliant Thing” Set for North American Premiere at Bar

Rick Miramontez / Michael Jorgensen
rick@oandmco.com / michael@oandmco.com




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New York, NY (October 30, 2014) – Producers Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian, Tom Wirtshafter and Patrick Daly announced today that they will present the North American premiere of Olivier Award nominee Duncan Macmillan’s highly acclaimed new play, Every Brilliant Thing, at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue). The Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production of Every Brilliant Thing comes to New York fresh off its smash hit, much-raved-over engagements in London and Edinburgh, as well as a UK tour.

Featuring Jonny Donahoe and directed by George Perrin, Every Brilliant Thing will play a limited 16-week engagement, with previews beginning on Saturday, December 6th, and an opening night set for Sunday, December 14th at 7:30PM. Tickets for the production are now on sale.

1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Things with stripes, 4. Christopher Walken’s voice, 5. Rollercoasters. In Every Brilliant Thing, a young boy attempts to ease his mother's depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world. Everything worth living for. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life.  Every Brilliant Thing is a new play about depression and the lengths we will go for those we love.

The Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production of Every Brilliant Thing will be presented Off-Broadway by Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian, Tom Wirtshafter, and Patrick Daly.

Every Brilliant Thing will play the following performance schedule: Tuesday-Fridays at 7:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30PM & 7:30PM. Please check performance times throughout December as schedules vary, especially during holiday weeks. Tickets for the production are now on sale via www.smarttix.com, on the phone at 212-868-4444, or in person at the Barrow Street Theatre box office, open at 1:00PM daily and are priced at $20 – $55. Student tickets are priced at $20 and are available to purchase online in advance.

The Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue South in the heart of Greenwich Village.  Nearby subway stops are the 1 at Christopher Street (walk 1 block South on 7th Avenue to Barrow) and the A, C, E, B, D, F and M at West 4th (walk West on 4th Street, left on Barrow).

For more information, visit www.EveryBrilliantThingPlay.com and www.BarrowStreetTheatre.com.




George Perrin (Director) is the joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough. Directing credits for Paines Plough include Every Brilliant Thing and Lungs by Duncan Macmillan, Our Teacher’s A Troll by Dennis Kelly, The Initiate by Alexandra Wood (Roundabout at Summerhall),  Not The Worst Place by Sam Burns (Sherman Cymru/Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Sea Wall by Simon Stephens (National Theatre Shed), Good With People by David Harrower (59East59 Theatres New York/Traverse Theatre/Oran Mor), London by Simon Stephens (National Tour), Sixty Five Miles by Matt Hartley (Hull Truck), The 8th by Che Walker and Paul Heaton (Latitude Festival/Barbican/Manchester International Festival/National Tour), Dig by Katie Douglas (Oran Mor/National Tour) and Juicy Fruits by Leo Butler (Oran Mor/National Tour), House of Agnes by Levi David Addai, The Dirt Under the Carpet by Rona Munro, Crazy Love by Che Walker, My Little Heart Dropped in Coffee by Duncan Macmillan and Babies by Katie Douglas. Further directing credits include 2nd May 1997 by Jack Thorne (Bush Theatre), Terre Haute by Edmund White (59East59 Theatres New York/Trafalgar Studios/National Tour/Assembly Rooms, Edinburg Festival Fringe), Is Everyone OK? and Public Displays of Affection by Joel Horwood and Camarilla by Van Badham (nabokov).

Jonny Donahoe (Performer/Writer). Every Brilliant Thing is performed and co-written by Jonny Donahoe. Best known as a star of the contemporary comedy scene, he is frontman and lead writer of musical comedy act Jonny & the Baptists, nominated for five major awards in the last 18 months including the 2013 Musical Comedy Awards and 2014 British Comedy Awards. They have been commissioned to create work for BBC Radio 4, BBC television and have been featured on The Now Show (Radio 4), The Gadget Show (Channel 5), The Infinite Monkey Cage (Radio 4), Fresh from the Fringe (BBC TV/Radio 4) and Sketchorama (Radio 4). Earlier this year they were commissioned to write and perform at the National Theatre, (and on a UK tour), as part of Mark Thomas’s 100 Acts of Minor Dissent. One of the songs they wrote for this was subsequently recorded and released as a UK single, and sold out its entire run. Their YouTube Channel has been viewed over 125,000 times across the world. Jonny’s Recent acting credits include Colin Hoult's Real Horror Show (Leicester Square Theatre & tour, 2012-13), short films for Funny Or Die, and the Dawson Brothers’ hit YouTube series That Meeting…(Hat Trick) now viewed by over 3 million people worldwide. He has also worked as a writer and performer in development workshops with leading international theatre companies including Les Enfants Terribles, the Soho Theatre and The Old Vic Theatre. Jonny is an actor, storyteller, comedian, and musician.

Duncan Macmillan (Playwright) is a writer and director. He is a former Writer in Residence at Paines Plough and the Royal Exchange Theatre. Duncan was the recipient of two awards in the inaugural Bruntwood Playwriting Competition, 2006. Other awards include UK Theatre Best Director (with Robert Icke), 2014, Best New Play at the Off West End Awards, 2013; the Nestroypreis for Best German Language Production, 2013; the Big Ambition Award, Old Vic 2009 and the Pearson Prize, 2008. His work with director Katie Mitchell has been selected for Theatertreffen and the Avignon Festival and continues to run in rep and tour the world. Full-length plays include: 2071 co-written with Chris Rapley (2014), Royal Court Theatre/Hamburg Schauspielhaus; The Forbidden Zone (2014), Salzburg Festival and Schaubühne Berlin; Wunschloses Unglück adapt. Peter Handke (2014), Burgtheater Vienna; 1984 adapt. George Orwell (2013/14), Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse/Almeida/West End, co-adapted with Rob Icke; Every Brilliant Thing (2013/14), Paines Plough/Pentabus Theatre, Edinburgh Festival and UK tour; Reise Durch Die Nacht adapt. Friederike Mayröcker (2012/13), Schauspielhaus Köln; Lungs (2011/12), Roundabout Season Paines Plough & Sheffield Theatres and Studio Theatre, Washington DC, USA and Monster (Royal Exchange, 2006).

Paines Plough (Originating Theatre) is the UK’s national theatre of new plays. They commission and produce the best playwrights and tour their plays far and wide. Paines Plough was formed in 1974 over a pint of Paines bitter in the Plough pub. Since then they have produced more than 130 new productions by world renowned playwrights like Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly and Mike Bartlett. Paines Plough has toured those plays to hundreds of places from Manchester to Moscow to Maidenhead. The company celebrates 40 years in 2014 with its biggest, boldest and furthest reaching programme of work ever: 12 productions touring to 54 places across the UK and internationally. www.painesplough.com

Pentabus Theatre Company (Originating Theatre) produce original plays about the rural world for local and national audiences. Based on a farm in Shropshire, they make a real commitment to the creative health of the countryside. They’re passionate about rural creativity: challenging artists to work in new ways and offering rural communities opportunities to engage with playful, political and compassionate theatre.  They then take these plays on the road, touring around the country, telling stories that are born locally, but resonate nationally. Whether delivering powerful work in theatres, fields, village halls or pubs, they are unique in our ambitious far reaching theatre about, informed by and made for rural audiences.  Led by Artistic Director Elizabeth Freestone, recent productions include Each Slow Dusk by Rory Mullarkey, Milked by Simon Longman, a black comedy about rural youth unemployment, In This Place by Frances Brett and Lydia Adetunji, a site specific audio theatre experience in the Shropshire Hills, Blue Sky by Clare Bayley, about the role small airports play in extraordinary rendition, and For Once by Tim Price, a beautiful family drama about rural car crashes.  In 2014 Pentabus Theatre Company turns 40.  Over the past 4 decades  they’ve produced in excess of 150 shows, reached hundreds of thousands of audience members, won a prestigious South Bank Show award for their show about racism, a Fringe First for their play about climate change and had one of their latest productions live streamed by the Royal Court. 


“Heart-wrenching, hilarious!
One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression –
and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see – full stop”
-Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (****)


“Duncan Macmillan is fast becoming one of the most exciting playwrights in Britain.
Now comes this feelgood show about depression.
Funny yet affecting, it is a joy to sit through”
The Times of London (****)


“An off-kilter love story that is funny, touching, and surprisingly uplifting.
Solid gold heart”
The Telegraph (****)


“Filled to the brim with joy. Beautiful, heart wrenching and very funny. Brilliant”
Time Out London (****)


“One of the most uplifting plays… A perfect balance between conveying the struggles of life,
and celebrating all that is sweet in it”
The Independent (****)


“A piece that demonstrates why life is worth living… you’ll leave feeling elated”
The Scotsman (****)

“Immensely likeable… with great sensitivity behind the abundant laughs”
Evening Standard (****)


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