Every Brilliant Thing 

As we safely welcome audiences into the theater, we are requiring that everyone present proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination along with a photo ID to attend a live, in-person performance. Masks must be worn properly over the nose and mouth while inside the facility.



February 9-20, 2022
Live in The Bingham Theater

by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
directed by Amelia Acosta Powell

In response to their mother’s attempted suicide, a child begins a list of Every Brilliant Thing worth living for. As the child journeys into adulthood, the list evolves alongside them. From 1. ice cream to 10000. waking up late with someone you love, the audience is invited to join the storyteller in reflecting on the simple, wonderful, joyful things that inspire hope even in the darkest times.

Run Time: Approximately 80 minutes. There will be no intermission.

Age Recommendation: 14+

Content Warning: mentions of suicide and suicidal ideation.

Audience Interaction: This production involves audience participation. All Interactions are optional, confirmed by consent and socially distanced. The production may be enjoyed with or without directly participating.  

In conjunction with our production of Every Brilliant Thing, Actors Theater of Louisville invites YOU to help us come up with a list of BRILLIANT things that bring joy and light into your life. Learn More

Every Brilliant Thing grapples with the highs and lows of despair and joy in our lives as humans, and speaks openly about depression, mental illness, and suicide. If you or someone you know is in crisis or thinking about self-harm or suicide, there is help available. Find resources here.

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Ticket Prices

General Admission
$35 plus fees.
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Member Tickets: 
Purple Members: $17.50 no fees
Red Members: $28 no fees
Blue Members: $35 no fees
Green Members: $35 plus fees
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Member On Sale- Jan 20
Public On Sale- Jan 25
 Ticket Prices
$35 plus fees
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Member Tickets: 
Purple Members: $17.50 no fees (Limit 4 tickets)
Red Members: $28 no fees (Limit 4 tickets)
Blue Members: $35 no fees
Green Members: $35 plus fees
Student Discount (Available on Wednesdays): 
plus fees
*Member and Student Discounts do not stack

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Open Captioning is available, on your personal mobile device, for performances on Sunday, February 13 at 2 p.m. and February 16 at 7 p.m. Any smart phone browser can access the transcription during the performance. Once in the theater, please let the Radical Hospitality Team member checking you in know that you would like to access the captioning service and they will provide you with the link. Actors Theatre has a limited number of devices available for use during the performance for those without a smart phone. 
We ask that you silence all notifications on your device during the performance. The text is white and will be over a black background. 
This is our first time offering Open Captions in this capacity and we invite anyone utilizing the service to provide feedback so we can learn from your experience.