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“The funniest play about depression you'll ever see”

Photo: Richard Davenport

Photo: Richard Davenport


Original Production

Every Brilliant Thing, written by English playwright and director Duncan Macmillan with comedian Jonny Donahoe, originated at Britain's Ludlow Fringe Festival in 2013. It has been performed at New York City’s Barrow Street Theatre and was recently the subject of an HBO documentary. The show’s origins stem from Macmillan’s want to create material that talks about ‘suicidal depression in a useful or interesting or accurate way’ as there aren’t many that choose to broach the subject.

Produced at Tipping Point

In January of 2018, Tipping Point brought Every Brilliant Thing to the stage in partnership with Saint Mary Mercy Livonia. This partnership made sure we were creating the right dialog and providing accurate resources to our audience. Opening night saw a panel of mental health experts that was broadcast live through Saint Mary Mercy Health System to help discuss the subject matter further.

As the show’s run came to an end, it became clear it was only the beginning of our journey. We began touring the show in schools, libraries and at conferences, encouraging the general public to start discussing depression openly. Join us in our mission to break the stigma surrounding mental health and spark new conversations in your community.


“It’s a story that’s as heartwarming as it is discussion-worthy, and it’ll leave theatre-goers better off for having experienced it.”

Winner of the 2018 Wilde Award for
Best Performance in a One-Person Show.

Directed by:
Angie Kane Ferrante*

James R. Kuhl*
Katherine Banks*

*Members of the Actors' Equity Association





Limited to SOAR and their family.
More information…


November 22 @ 1 PM

Adat Shalom Synagogue
29901 Middlebelt Rd, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334


Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

More information coming soon.


February 2, 2020 @ 2 PM

5631 N. Adams Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Bring EVERY BRILLIANT THING to your community!

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James R. Kuhl


"There are many reasons to see this Tipping Point Theatre production – the laughs, the relevance of the message, the fine acting. If for no other reason, take a friend or loved one to be reminded of the innumerable brilliant things that grace our lives. This play will help you see them. And here’s the trick – they’re everywhere." 
-Patrice Nolan, Encore Michigan

"'Every Brilliant Thing' may be the most singularly affecting play you will see this year, not only because of the message it contains, but in the way it is presented."
-Daniel Skora, it's All Theatre

"Kuhl’s performance was marked by his extraordinary acting skills and his big heart; both were evident as he went from naïve boy to cynical teenager to hopeful romantic to melancholy adult."
-By Ronelle Grier, The Oakland Press

"So, yes, this is a story speckled with sadness. Yet it's also filled with genuine, heart-warming laughs. Ultimately, though, Every Brilliant Thing is an uplifting and hope-filled tale brilliantly told that shows us the resiliency of the human spirit. And it's one that theatergoers won't soon forget."
-Donald V. Calamia, The Cranky Critic