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Every Brilliant Thing

The Dreamer
Examines his Pillow


by John Patrick Shanley

directed by Chris Marshall

June 3-19, 2022


This is a play about dreamers, about lost souls, real people struggling to communicate and discover their reason for existence. They fight, they yell, they laugh, they claw, they drink, they f*$%, they alternatively cover and confront, they spew themselves onto life, right or wrong.

The play centers around 3 scenes; in Scene 1, Donna is enraged because Tommy, a would-be artist, is now having an affair with her younger sister. Tommy, stretched out on his recliner (which, apart from a refrigerator full of beer, comprises the entire furnishings of his spartan apartment), is seemingly unmoved by her. In Scene 2, Donna visits her father (Dad), a once successful artist who stopped painting at the death of his wife. Combative, dry-witted, and complex, Dad eventually gives in to his daughter’s plea that he either force Tommy to marry her, or beat him up. In the third and final scene, Dad and Tommy confront each other, with results that are sometimes menacing, sometimes antic, eventually leading to a tenuous truce—and a grudging recognition of the responsibility that love, in its various guises, imposes.

A striking, surreal study of the often bizarre byways that love between men and women can follow. Told in three related scenes, the play uses indirection and richly evocative language to make its unsettling but ultimately illuminating points.
“…pungent, thought-provoking, original, poetic…and leading by stylized, fantasticated ways to genuinely startling illuminations.” —NY Magazine.
“…a philosophic dream-comedy about love, marriage, and maturity.” —Village Voice.
“…Mr. Shanley is a born playwright…” —The New Yorker.

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University of South Florida
School of Theatre and Dance
3837 USF Holly Drive, TAR 230, Tampa, FL 33620

Dates & Times:

June 3-19, 2022
Fri / Sat evenings – 7:30pm
Sat / Sun matinees – 3:00pm

Seating begins at 30 minutes prior to showtime.
Approximate running time is 100 minutes.

Health & Safety:

TampaRep will follow all local and CDC-suggested COVID safety guidelines at the time of the performances.


There is plenty of parking at USF. MORE INFORMATION is available here.


What to EXPECT:

Seating will be general admission – first-come, first seated. Non-alcoholic refreshments are available for purchase.

USF School of Theatre and Dance