EPHRAIM — Every Brilliant Thing, by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, will be presented for a one-time, one-hour performance on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m., in the Jorgensen Concert Hall, Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 300 East Center, Ephraim.
Admission is free, but tickets are required and open to the public. This performance is not recommended for those under age 14. For tickets, visit www.snow.edu/academics/fineart/ or call (435) 283-7472.
Don’t miss this one time showing of the Shakespeare Festival production of “Every Brilliant Thing” (EBT). This funny and moving play shines a light on the effects of suicide, a serious problem in our day and culture.
It is an adult topic, but is handled with warmth and hope. If prepared properly, Every Brilliant Thing is suitable for all audiences and can be a springboard to important discussion among all ages.
This one-time performance is sponsored by Snow College Care Team, Administration, Wellness Center and Student Life.
Audience members learn that when the narrator was a child, his or her mother suffered from depression and attempted suicide. The narrator decided to make a list of all the things that make life worth living to persuade her to live, starting with #1, “ice cream,” and continuing to one million.
This inventive, beautifully rendered theatrical experience is unique in the way the audience becomes a support community for the narrator and gains rich insights along the way about the things hiding in plain sight that make life worthwhile and wonderful.
“I am proud of the effort undertaken by the Utah Shakespeare Festival to perform Every Brilliant Thing at each school within this great state,” said Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox, who has discussed his own struggles with suicidal thoughts as a young man.
“Many youth today do not have adequate support structures and demand our attention and the encouragement from efforts like this,” says Cox. “I believe this production will save lives.”
Utah has the highest rate of suicide for youth 10 to 24 years-old and ranks fifth highest in suicide rates in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Many students in Utah have been impacted by suicide in some way, and the state has undertaken a variety of measures to reverse this tragic trend.
“The hope is this endeavor starts a conversation and removes the secrets that can cause suffering so healing can be a real possibility for those affected by depression and suicidal thoughts,” says Donn Jersey, Shakespeare Festival director of development and communication. “We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors for making this dream a reality.”
“This is some of the most important work we, as a theatre company, can do,” said Frank Mack, executive producer of the Festival. “While it’s not treatment, artistic experiences that so powerfully say ‘yes’ to life can have a profound impact.”
“When we see someone else’s story, it can help us reflect on our circumstances in completely new and different ways,” Mack said. “When young people see, in a marvelously creative and theatrical way, one million reasons to live, it will help shed light on what’s most positive. Live theatre can do this like nothing else.”
Through the support of the State of Utah, Department of Heritage and Arts, Utah Department of Arts and Museums, Rural Health Division of Southern Utah, Southern Utah University, Ashton Family Foundation and Hemingway Foundation, there will be no charge to the school or students.
Materials and information on how others can get help will be available after the performance.