EVERY BRILLIANT THING opens January 20th through sponsorship from St. Mary Mercy Livonia


Tipping Point Theatre and St. Mary Mercy Livonia co-host mental illness discussion following opening performance. Panel of experts will answer questions and engage audience immediately following theatre's production of “Every Brilliant Thing”

Tickets for the professional production start at just $25

NORTHVILLE, ich. – (Jan. 20, 2018) – panel of mental health experts from St. Mary Mercy Livonia will join Tipping Point Theatre, a professional theatre in Downtown Northville, for a special post-production discussion following the opening performance of “Every Brilliant Thing” on January 20. Audience members are invited to participate in this free discussion, which will begin immediately following the 8 p.m. show.

The play begins with a seven-year-old who, while dealing with his mother’s depression, makes a list of everything in life worth living for. His list includes:
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

Using humor, the narrator explains how the list continues to grow throughout his life and becomes a reassuring mechanism for working through his best and worst times. Tipping Point has partnered with St. Mary Mercy to ensure that audiences are presented this material with context. The hospital’s Behavioral Health Department is participating in three “talkback” sessions after select performances, and will provide information and resources for those dealing with depression - whether firsthand, or through someone in their life.

The discussion, moderated by Health Reporter Lila Lazarus, will feature the following mental health experts from St. Mary Mercy:

  • Samuel Wedes, , Medical Director of Inpatient Behavioral Health
  • Pamela McCulloug, Director of Behavioral Health Services
  • Regina Bell, A, P, Lead Behavioral Specialist

"We are proud to partner with Tipping Point Theatre to highlight the importance of mental illness," said McCullough. "Making behavioral health relatable through a compelling and humorous story can begin to eliminate the stigma of mental illness and bring about meaningful conversation within our community."

St. Mary Mercy's Behavioral Health Department offers a wide range of mental health and chemical dependency services to help restore individuals to their highest level of functioning within their family and community. The department is comprised of an Adult Mental Health Unit, Residential Chemical Dependency Unit and an Intensive Outpatient program for Chemical Dependency.

"Every Brilliant Thing", which is premiering in Michigan at Tipping Point, was written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe and 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 Guardian called the play “Heart-wrenching, hilarious... possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop.”

“The intimate nature of our 100+ seat theatre, combined with the immersive storytelling in this play is a formula for a beautiful production,” said James R. Kuhl, Tipping Point’s Producing Artistic Director and one of two actors that will play the role of narrator during the run of the show. The second actor, Katherine Banks, presents the same script with the narrator as a woman, allowing for a different take on the role and an opportunity for audiences to enjoy this wonderful tale from a female storyteller.

“This is undoubtedly one of the shows that we’re going to be proud of for years to come,” said Tipping Point Development Director Dan Ferrara, “It’s entertaining, engaging and provides insight into a topic that’s, unfortunately, too rarely addressed head-on. It’s certainly a can’t-miss production.”

“Every Brilliant Thing” will open Saturday, January 20, 2018 with two preview performances on January 18 and 19. It runs through February 25 with performances Thursday through Sunday, and select Wednesdays. Tickets start at $25 and are available online at TippingPointTheatre.com or by visiting the Tipping Point Box office or by calling
248-347-0003. Tipping Point’s performances often sell out quickly, so it’s recommended that you buy tickets in advance

Dan Ferrara
Director of Development
(248) 345-6959  |  dan@tippingpointtheatre.com

Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe at Tipping Point Theatre

Angie Ferrante*

James R. Kuhl*
Katherine Banks*
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

January 18th – February 25, 2018

Tipping Point Theatre, 361 E. Cady St., Northville

248-347-0003 or TippingPointTheatre.com

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tuesday - Friday
90 minutes prior to performances

Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Special Wednesday Performances at 3:00 p.m.:
November 29th and December 20th

For a complete listing of show times please visit TippingPointTheatre.com

Previews November 16th and 17th at 8:00 p.m.

Includes a talkback afterwards with the Producing Artistic Director, James R. Kuhl, and Director Beth Torrey. Tickets are only $25.
Opening Night, November 18th at 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy the performance followed by food and refreshments with the cast. Tickets are $46.

Senior Citizens 62 and older:
$2 off per ticket.
Groups of 15 or more: Receive $3 off per ticket for all performances. This may be combined with the senior discount.

Tipping Point is a professional theatre located in Downtown Northville. In the midst of their 11th season, they employ over 90 Michigan artists each year and are proud to be a part of Michigan’s thriving professional theatre community alongside The Purple Rose Theatre Company, The Detroit Public Theatre and many more.

St. Mary Mercy Livonia is a 304-bed hospital providing acute-care medical and health services to our community by board-certified doctors and registered nurses. We provide the highest quality services with leading-edge technology in our 24-hour Emergency Center, Senior ER, Heart & Vascular Center, Cancer Center, Birthing Center, Women’s Center, Center for Joint Replacement, Inpatient and Outpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Units, Sleep Center, Wound Care Center, and Michigan Bariatric Institute. We also offer same-day diagnostic testing and a variety of community health education services.

For additional information about St. Mary Mercy, please visit www.stmarymercy.org.

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,553 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 13,400 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $1.9 billion and returns about $120 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs.

SJMHS is a member of Trinity Health, a leading Catholic health care system based in Livonia, Mich. Trinity Health operates in 22 states, employs about 97,000 people, has annual operating revenues of about $15.8 billion and assets of about $23.4 billion. Additionally, the organization returns almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.

By David Lindsay-Abaire
March 22nd - April 22nd

Dan Ferrara, 248-347-0003, Dan@TippingPointTheatre.com