Every Brilliant Thing

[image: Ice cream cone being held in the sun]
Every Brilliant Thing
Runs Sep 15Oct 16, 2022
Written by:Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe
Supported by:Producers Connie & Paul Boulay and Rick Holden & Sandra Moll
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch

Purchase your season pass now to get first choice of seats next season! Single tickets go on sale Aug. 15.

Why you should see Every Brilliant Thing

Because this play wears its heart on its sleeve.
Because any City Lights regular will tell you it’s impossible to resist the charm of actors Dane K. Lentz (Eurydice) and Tasi Alabastro (Vietgone, The Merchant of Venice).
Because every audience member is made to feel like part of the story.
Because a Chicago Tribune critic wrote: “I have quite often experienced not wanting a show to end; I can’t remember feeling sad at not being able to continue my weekend without my fellow audience members.”


You’re six years old. Mom’s in the hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. 1. Ice cream. 2. Kung Fu movies. 3. Burning things. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. 5. Construction cranes. 6. Me. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression that celebrates the world’s joys.

This play will be presented as a bilingual production in English and American Sign Language.


Tasi Alabastro
Dane K. Lentz

Details and special events

Every Brilliant Thing previews Sept. 15 and 16, and runs through Oct. 16. (No show on September 18.) Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Discounts are available for students, seniors (65+), educators, and groups, and for military personnel. (There is a $2 surcharge for phone and in-person buys.)

Bring a group of 10 or more and get 25% off the face value of each ticket! The discount is automatically applied when 10 or more tickets are in the cart. (Contact the box office if group members are paying separately.)

City Lights is a fully vaccinated company, and everyone who works here is regularly tested for Covid-19. Learn more about our Covid-19 protocols, which are subject to change as government guidelines evolve.

Special events:
Thursday, Sept. 15, 8 p.m.: Pay What You Can Preview Night. (Call the box office at 408-295-4200 to name your own price.)
Friday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m.: Preview Night.
Saturday, Sept. 17, 8 p.m.: Opening Night.

Parking and other info:
View a parking map of downtown San Jose to see your options for street or lot parking. We are unfortunately unable to offer any designated patron parking for the theater.

The theater is wheelchair-accessible; book the ADA & Companion seats when buying tickets. If you need ADA parking in front of our glass doors, note that on your order during check-out, or email or call the box office (408-295-4200).

Due to the intimate size of our theater, we unfortunately are not able to seat late patrons. Thank you for your understanding.