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Every Brilliant Thing

By Duncan Macmillan with Johnny Donahoe

November 8-10, 2019
Preview November 7

The list began when he was seven, after his mother’s first attempt. A list of everything that makes life worth living. 1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch tv, 4. The color yellow, 5. Things with stripes, 6. Rollercoasters, 7. People falling over. As our narrator experiences university, love, and his first heartbreak, the list grows to encapsulate thousands of reasons to love life, both simple and profound. Peppered with audience interaction and the music of artists like Ray Charles and Etta James, this intimate, immersive, life-affirming show reminds us of every brilliant thing about the world.

Special Add-On Event!

Every Brilliant Thing is a special add-on to our 2019-2020 season and will be performed for one weekend only! Purchase tickets now, or add Every Brilliant Thing to your season package. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience!

Stay for a Talkback!

After the Friday evening performance, a special panel will take the stage for a Talkback about the show and the important themes it explores. Get your tickets for November 8 for the chance to discuss and learn more about the show! The panel will be moderated by LaTonya Turner and will feature Becky Stoll, April Scott, Mark Cabus, and Lauren Shouse. Sponsored by our friends at Centerstone.

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Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Andrew Johnson Theater
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243


Mark Cabus  Narrator

Mark Cabus

Mark Cabus

Lauren Shouse

Zachariah Heil
Stage Manager

Gary C. Hoff
Scenic Design

Kaitlin Barnett
Sound Design

Darren Levin
Lighting Design

Emily Peck
Costume Design

Christopher L. Jones
Director of Production

Amanda Creech
Props Master

Tucker Steinlage
Master Carpenter

Erica Jo Lloyd
Assistant Director

Maggie Jackson
Assistant Stage Manager

Lakeland Gordon
Wardrobe Supervisor

Lauren Elisabeth Terry
Costume Technician

Lori Gann-Smith
Costume Manager

R. Preston Perrin
Scene Shop Foreman


For group ticket prices, contact TPAC Group Sales at groups@tpac.org or 782-4060.

Late seating happens at the discretion of the house manager.