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Every BrilliantThing

by Duncan Macmillan
with Jonny Donahoe

featuring Ned Averill-Snell


You’re six years old. Mom’s in the hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” 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. 3. Burning things. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. 5. Construction cranes. 6. Me. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

“[A] heart-wrenching, hilarious play…One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression—and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop…There is something tough being confronted here—the guilt of not being able to make those we love happy—and it is explored with unflinching honesty.” —The Guardian (UK).

“EVERY BRILLIANT THING finds a perfect balance between conveying the struggles of life, and celebrating all that is sweet in it.” —The Independent (London).

“What Macmillan offers, with great sensitivity behind the abundant laughs, is a child’s fierce, flawed attempt to make sense of adult unhappiness and a meditation on the shadow that a loved one’s depression casts over the lives of a family.” —Evening Standard (London).

“…very charming…offers sentimentality without shame…guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming…[The script] balance[s] acuity and affability…with unobtrusive artistry…captivating…” —NY Times.


Through a grant from our generous sponsors, The Gobioff Foundation,
the ticket price has been reduced to:

$0.00! Zero, zip, zilch, NADA!
Thank you Gobioff Foundation!

Please join us at the show, and if you’re able, support the future of TampaRep!


Downtown Rotary Pavilion – Water Works Park
1701 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

parking & transportation:

There are many parking options around the venue. CLICK HERE for more information.


What to EXPECT:

Seating will be on the stage around the performer. Bring snacks. Bring non-alcoholic beverages in non-glass containers. Bring your sense of humor. And bring a brilliant friend.


Water Works Park

Cast & Creative Team


Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe


Ned Averill-Snell


Emilia Sargent

Production Design

Jim Sorensen

Lighting Design

Keith Arsenault

Stage Management

Jasmine Arroyo


has appeared at Jobsite Theater in Gloucester Blue, Lebensraum, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Twelfth Night, Inventing Van Gogh and other plays, and at American Stage (Tartuffe, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Chesapeake), Tampa Repertory Theatre (The Iceman Cometh, Betrayal), Improbable Athenaeum (A Man for All Seasons), Hat Trick Theatre (A Thousand Clowns), Stageworks Theatre (The Sugar Bean Sisters), the 2012 United Solo festival in New York (in his original play Little Tunes), and for three seasons at Indiana Repertory Theatre. He appeared in the St. Pete-produced independent film Waiting on Mary, and is the author of the novel Small Professional Murder, a mystery set in the Florida small theatre scene. Ned lives in Tampa with his wife, director and lighting designer Jo Averill-Snell, and is a father of three.


Plays include: PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS (2015-2017, National Theatre/Wyndham’s Theatre, West End); 1984, adapted from George Orwell (2013-2017, Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company, West End, Broadway, international tours, co-adapted/co-directed with Rob Icke); EVERY BRILLIANT THING (2013-2017, Paines Plough/Pentabus Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, UK and international tours, HBO); CITY OF GLASS, adapted from Paul Auster (2017, 59 Productions, HOME, and Lyric Hammersmith); 2071, co-written with Chris Rapley (2014-2015, The Royal Court/Hamburg Schauspielhaus); THE FORBIDDEN ZONE (2014-2016, Salzburg Festival and Schaubühne Berlin); WUNSCHLOSES UNGLÜCK, adapted from Peter Handke (2014, Burgtheater Vienna); REISE DURCH DIE NACHT, adapted from Friederike Mayröcker (2012-2014, Schauspiel Köln, Festival d’Avignon, Theatertreffen); LUNGS (2011-2016, Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres/Studio Theatre, Washington, DC); and MONSTER (2006, Royal Exchange Theatre).