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By Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe.

Starring Shannon Agnew. Directed by David Leidholdt

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 a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for: 1. Ice Cream. 2. Kung Fu movies. 3. Burning things. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. 5. Me. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list takes on a life of its own, highlighting the irrepressible resilience of the human spirit in finding delight in the everyday.

August 2 - August 11

  • Friday, August 2 @ 7:30
  • Saturday, August 3 @ 7:30
  • Sunday, August 4 @ 2:00
  • Wednesday, August 7 @ 2:00 and 7:30
  • Thursday, August 8 @ 7:30
  • Friday, August 9 @ 7:30
  • Saturday, August 10 @ 7:30
  • Sunday, August 11 @ 2:00

In the poorman Cabaret

MORE ABOUT THE PLAY: You’re seven years old, you’re picked up late from school and taken to the hospital where your mother is. All your father told you is your mother has done something stupid. And so you get the idea to make a list of every brilliant thing about the world, everything worth living for: 1. Ice Cream, 341. Hugging, 9995. Falling in love. 


Millbrook is proud to present the immersive, theatrical experience, EVERY BRILLIANT THING the one person show, directed by Artistic Director David Leidholdt, features seasoned Millbrook veteran Shannon Agnew. The seventy-minute play tells the story of a person who, when faced with her mother’s suicide attempts and her father’s withdrawn parenting style, chooses happiness by creating a list of things worth living for. This brilliant play puts the audience, literally, center stage, in an interactive theatrical experience about celebrating life, facing depression, and the lengths we go to for those we love.


The play was specifically written with the intention to keep the house lights up, and create a sense of community for spectators to feel like present and necessary forces in the narrative. Leidholdt embraces that sense of community through his careful and thoughtful direction, “In EVERY BRILLIANT THING we are reminded that when our world becomes overwhelming, and we feel burdened by the complexities, tragedies, and disappointments of life, we can joyfully turn to a community waiting with open arms.”


Agnew is honored to bring the story to Clinton County, and excited to go on the emotional journey with the audience, “The heart wrenching and the hilarious exists side by side in the text, and that’s what makes the show so much like life. Our emotions don’t exist in neat compartments and it’s so special to see a play that encourages both the actor and audience to embrace the joyful messiness that is the full spectrum of the human emotional experience.” 

Cabaret Seating Chart

Ryan Main Stage & Poorman Cabaret ticket prices are as follows:

  • General Admission:
    Adults: $26.00
    Students (13 < College): $17.50
    Youth (12 & Under): $12.00
    Seniors (65+): $22.00
    Veteran/Military: $22.00

All seats are discounted 10% for the Wednesday Evening and Sunday Matinee performances in the Ryan Main Stage.  There are a limited number of seats that are discounted 10% for other Ryan Main Stage performances.

Take advantage of our optional Sunday Brunch, exclusively for the Sunday Matinee performances!

For only an additional $16 per person, enjoy a lovely buffet brunch from Haywoods On The Green that includes drink specials on Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas from the Stage Right Bar! (for those 21 and over).

Brunch is served at 1:00pm in the Courtyard! 

Must reserve in advanced!