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Every Brilliant Thing

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm


New Beginnings is hosting the British comedian Jonny Donahoe, performing his international smash hit, award-winning one-man show, Every Brilliant Thing. Every Brilliant Thing is a humorous and heart-warming performance about a boy growing up in the wake of his mother’s mental illness. The show has played more than 600 times on four continents, including five months off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theater in New York. Every Brilliant Thing has been replicated by dozens of comedians throughout the world, and HBO has even produced a documentary special about the performance. We are very fortunate to bring the co-creator and original performer of Every Brilliant Thing to Santa Barbara and are excited to share this opportunity with our community so that we can help people have a deeper understanding of the impact of mental illness on us all.

New Beginnings designed this event to engage attendees in discussion, experience, and education about one of the most critical issues facing our community. We invite you to please consider supporting the Santa Barbara community and the work we do by sponsoring or attending this event. For more information about sponsorship, please visit our website at

You’re seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid. She finds it hard to be happy. You start a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling.
In Every Brilliant Thing, a young boy attempts to ease his mother’s depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world. Everything worth living for. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life. Every Brilliant Thing is a play about depression and the lengths we will go for those we love.


September 23
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
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New Beginnings
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center stage theater
651 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States
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