Every Brilliant Thing
Performance: June 14 - July 14, 2018
By: Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Making sense of the world is often too complicated. Sometimes making a list of Every Brilliant Thing allows us
to simplify our existence.
1. Ice cream
2. Water fights
3. Staying up past your bedtime
4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose
Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, Circle Theatre brings a theatrical experience that engages
the audience with laughter as the list grows longer and longer. This story reminds us to forgive often, love
always, and ponder: what is on our list?
Circle's production is directed by TCU Department Chair and professor, Harry Parker and features Zak
Reynolds* as the Narrator. This will be Zak's Circle theatre debut.
Circle Theatre's production team members include Megan Beddingfield* (Stage Manager/Prop Design), Clare
Floyd DeVries (Set Design), John Leach (Lighting Design), David H.M. Lambert (Sound Design), and Madison
Acuna - Taylor (Production Assistant).
Every Brilliant Thing runs approximately one hour and ten minutes with no
intermission. Visit http://www.circletheatre.com/shows/brilliant for more
information. Every Brilliant Thing is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services Inc.
*Member of Actors' Equity Association
About the Playwrights
Duncan Macmillan (Playwright) Credits include: 1984, adapted from George Orwell
(2013-17- Headlong/Almeida/ West End/Broadway/international tour, co-adapted/codirected
with Rob Icke); People, Places and Things (2015-17 - National
Theatre/Wyndham's Theatre, West End); Every Brilliant Thing (2013-17 - Paines
Plough/Pentabus Theatre/Edinburgh Festival/international tours/HBO); City Of Glass,
adapt. Paul Auster (2017 - 59 Productions, HOME and Lyric Hammersmith), 2071, cowritten
with Chris Rapley (2014-15 - Royal Court Theatre/Hamburg Schauspielhaus);
The Forbidden Zone (2014- 16 - Salzburg Festival and Schaubühne, Berlin); Lungs (2011-
16 Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres/Studio Theatre, Washington DC), and Monster (2006 - Royal
Jonny Donahoe (Original Cast, Playwright) is a British comedian, writer, and performer,
born in Dublin, Ireland. He is best known for his comedy band Jonny and the Baptists, a
collaboration with Paddy Gervers. He has toured internationally with the critically
acclaimed Every Brilliant Thing, which he co-wrote with Duncan Macmillan. Donahoe
was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. In 2016
HBO produced a filmed version of the one-man stage show that the British comedian
Jonny Donahoe had been performing for several years. The film showcases footage
shot during three performances over two days at off-Broadway's Barrow Street
About the Director
Harry Parker is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre at Texas Christian
University. He has directed more than one hundred professional and university plays
and musicals, including productions at the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Stages
Repertory Theatre (Houston), American Heartland Theatre (Kansas City), and City Rep
and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (both in Oklahoma City). In Dallas-Fort Worth, his
professional directing credits include Thurgood and Company at Jubilee Theatre, Into
the Woods at Lyric Stage, An Act of God and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at
Stage West, Hunting and Gathering at Amphibian Stage Productions, and
15 previous productions at Circle Theatre including King O’ The Moon, My Name is Asher Lev, and Hope and
Gravity. At TCU, he has directed Oklahoma!, You Can’t Take It With You, Everyman, Sweeney Todd and No, No,
Nanette, among others. Originally from Oklahoma City, Harry received his BFA from TCU, and an MA and PhD
from the University of Kansas. He is a two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Medallion of Excellence and the
former National Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. In 2013, he won the TCU
Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar. Harry is a
proud Associate member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
About Circle Theatre
Founded in 1981 by Rose Pearson and Bill Newberry, Circle Theatre is currently
producing its 37th season of live theatre in Fort Worth. Circle Theatre's
mission is the advocacy of contemporary plays rarely seen in this community.
Circle is committed to presenting professional, innovative theatre in an
intimate setting. The Theatre is partially supported by the City of Fort Worth;
the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County; the Texas Commission on the
Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Further support comes from the
Amon G. Carter Foundation; Communities Foundation of Texas; Fifth Avenue
Foundation; Ann L. and Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust - Bank of America,
NA; the Sid W. Richardson Foundation; and The Shubert Foundation, Inc.
To read Circle Theatre's full history visit:
Circle Theatre History.
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