Every Brilliant Thing 


A timely and life-affirming story about life & the human connection

Ice cream. Water fights. Peeing in the sea and nobody knows. A boy’s handwritten list to cheer up his despondent mom becomes a surprisingly funny and poignant ode to humanity. This surprising and immersive theatrical experience speaks openly about depression, mental illness and suicide. Every Brilliant Thing takes audiences on a transcendent and tender coming-of-age journey that reminds us to pay attention to life’s smallest joys—and to each other.

Every Brilliant Thing is a remarkable work that brings something new to every performance, depending on the participation of members from the audience,” said Artistic Director J. Scott Lapp. “This unpredictability makes each performance all the more thrilling. The play’s universal message has the power to resonate with everyone. Every Brilliant Thing fits perfectly with the exact type of theatre and mission that we have become known for. Theatre that transcends entertainment. Theatre that uplifts and inspires. It reminds us about the power of human connection and that things can improve even in the darkest moments.”

CCAE Theatricals will run Every Brilliant Thing, July 5-21 in the round onstage at the Center Theater at The California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Written by Olivier Award-nominated playwright Duncan Macmillan (Lungs; People, Places, and Things) with Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, and Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominee Jonny Donahoe (Thirty Christmases, Forgiveness).

Every Brilliant Thing is a ‘one-person’ play about an every person’s story,” said Lapp. “With this inspiration at it’s core development, I thought how great would it be if we could gather four brilliant local actors, to share the run and offer our audiences four unique perspectives on this incredible piece, giving our audiences the opportunity to return to the piece during the run to see this “every man’s story” told through the lens of four brilliant, unique individuals.”

CCAE Theatricals celebrates the human connection through theatre and education by sharing stories that illuminate the individual experience and cultivate a collective voice. Tickets are on sale now and are priced $40 (General Admission) to $50 (Premium Reserved Seating). Military/Senior (65+) Discount – 10% off | Student & Educator Rush – $20 (General Admission) at the Door, subject to availability. Call (442) 304-0500 or online at


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