Every Brilliant Thing

Oct 24, 2021 - Nov 14, 2021 | Studio


By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Directed by Dean Patrick Fleming
Set and Lighting by Zoe Roux
and Starring Daniel Brochu

A Segal Centre production in association with Hudson Village Theatre

Ice cream, hugs, the smell of old books...
How many little joys do we take for granted but that make life so special? A child whose mother has chronic depression attempts to list as many of these as he can, so he can prove to her, and remind himself, that life is indeed worth living. Winning over Segal audiences in our limited-run spring production, Every Brilliant Thing is a celebration of gratitude, resilience, and the motivating force of love.

This one-man show is intimate and interactive, poignant and funny, and reminds us that we are surrounded all the time by a bounty of brilliant things.

LISA'S NOTE    

“This is a life-affirming theatre experience unlike any other. It’s the perfect first show back to see and to be in the theatre together again.”


Content Advisory

The Segal Centre believes that our patrons can determine what is distressing, triggering, or offensive for themselves, and what is appropriate for their children. We prefer not to set specific age-based restrictions but, rather, offer content advisories for each show. Of course, should you be unsure based on the advisories, please contact us and we will be happy to help you with your decision.

  • Content includes talk of suicide, pet euthanasia, and clinical depression
  • Mature themes and strong language
  • Socially-distanced audience participation
  • Excessive praise of the 70s rock band Chicago

Sunday @ the Segal
On Sunday, October 24, at 11am, don't miss the Every Brilliant Thing virtual edition of Sunday @ the Segal, as we gather a group of panelists who have played the role, often known as the Narrator or She/Him, to discuss their own understanding of this one-man show. Listen in as we discuss why this show has touched the hearts of so many, exploring how the different experiences of each actor shapes the way that the performance and character are received by audiences. Click here for more details



Review

CAST


Daniel Brochu

Daniel Brochu

Narrator

Segal Centre Every Brilliant Thing (May 2021), Tribes, Haunted Hillbilly (SideMart Theatrical Grocery), Scientific Americans, Othello, Guys and Dolls Elsewhere Little Prince (Geordie), Art (Hudson Village Theatre), Last Night at the Gayety, Alice and the World we Live In (Centaur); 30 years of cartoon and voice over experience Awards Best Supporting Actor for Othello (METAs 2013); Three Daytime Emmy Awards for Arthur on PBS


CREATIVE TEAM


Dean Patrick Fleming

Dean Patrick Fleming

Director

Segal Centre Every Brilliant Thing (May 2021) Elsewhere Marion Bridge, The Drawer Boy, Art, Billy Bishop Goes to War (Hudson Village Theatre); Instant, Beethoven Lives Upstairs, The Little Prince, The Odyssey (Geordie Theatre) Training/Experience Concordia University Specialization in Performance; Over 60 productions directed Awards Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Contribution to the Arts; Bernard Amyot teaching award from the National Theatre School; multiple META nominations for directing Et cetera Artistic Director of Hudson Village Theatre; former Artistic and Executive Director of Geordie Theatre (2005-2016). Incredibly happy to be involved in this first partnership between the Segal and Hudson Village Theatre.


Zoe Roux

Zoe Roux

Set & Lighting Designer

Segal Centre Every Brilliant Thing (May 2021) Elsewhere Black Balloon (The Portico Project, Centaur) Counter Offence (Teesri Duniya), Winter's Daughter (Tableau D'hôte Theatre), All Flesh is Grass (The Other Theatre), Encore (Tableau D'hôte Theatre), Madame Catherine (Surreal SoReal Theatre) Film/TV La Nouvelle Version (with Director Michael Yaroshevsky), Mami Origami (with Director Marites Carino) Training/Experience Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialization in Design for the Theatre from Concordia University, 2016/2017; Design Mentee with Black Theatre Workshop's Artist Mentorship Program; 8 years of experience in set, costume, and lighting design Awards META for Outstanding Emerging Artist – Design (Invasive Species – 2017) Online zoeroux.com


Louise Bourret

Louise Bourret

Stylist

Segal Centre Costume Designer for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Tribes, My Name Is Asher Lev, Noises Off, Million Dollar Quartet, Marjorie Prime, The Angel and the Sparrow, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Indecent, Mythic, The Times they Are A Changin’, Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rock Star Rabbi, The Dybbuk, The Producers, It Shoulda Been You, A Century Songbook (DWYT); Co-Costume Designer for The Hockey Sweater: A Musical Elsewhere Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, Festival des FrancoFolies de Montréal, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Légendes Fantastiques, Cavalia, Era: Intersection of Time (Shanghai), Daughters of Mile End, Infinity Ball (Lune Rouge Entertainment), Piaf/ Dietrich (Mirvish), Vroom (Moment Factory) Awards META winner for Outstanding Costume Design for Travesties


Melanie St-Jacques

Melanie St-Jacques

Stage Manager

Segal Centre Every Brilliant Thing (May 2021), The Hockey Sweater: A Musical, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Travesties, Othello Elsewhere Geordie Productions, Centaur Theatre, Imago, Teesri Duniya, Theatre Lac Brome, Hudson Village Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg), MTYP (Winnipeg), Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Citadel (Edmonton), and the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) Training/Experience Graduate of the Dawson Theatre Program, and teacher at the National Theatre School of Canada Et cetera Melanie has been working as a stage manager for 20 years.



Jimmy Blais

Jimmy Blais

Assistant Director (Creation)

Segal Centre Every Brilliant Thing (May 2021), The Assembly (Porte Parole/Actor) Elsewhere Art (Hudson Village Theatre), The Breathing Hole, Treasure Island, Romeo and Juliet (The Stratford Festival), Halloween Tree (Geordie Productions) Film/Television Mohawk Girls for 5 seasons (APTN), Two Wrongs (TMN) Training/Experience Over 10 years of experience as a professional actor. Indigenous Artist in Residence at The National Theatre School of Canada Acting Awards META for Outstanding Ensemble, Actor (Louis Riel Comic Book Stage Play), (Halloween Tree), Tyrone Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival) Et cetera I love being back at work, I love being at the Segal, I love this team, especially my ladies Indigo, Tania, and Muchacha, and my boy Walter.


Darah Miah

Darah Miah

Design Assistant (Creation)

Segal Centre Every Brilliant Thing (May 2021) Elsewhere Lighting: The Life and Death of Fred Herko (Rendez-vous with Madness, Toronto), Jjanice + La Reine Aux Ailes d'Écailles (Place des Arts) | Scenography assistant: Fun Home (Design by Amy Keith, RMTC) Film Lighting: Leila (Centaur Wildside), Scenography: Sway of Stone (choreographed by Nickle Peace-Williams & Lucy Fandel) Training BFA Theatre Design, Concordia Et cetera Technical Director and board member of Revolution They Wrote, member of QDF’s Advocacy Committee


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