Geffen Playhouse | “Every Brilliant Thing” Begins Rehearsals 

Previews begin September 6, 2023 - Opening night is September 14, 2023

PHOTO: Justin Bettman | The South Pasadenan News | The Geffen Playhouse 2023/2024 Season production of “Every Brilliant Thing”.
Rehearsals have begun for Geffen Playhouse’s production of Every Brilliant Thing, 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). The one-person play features Drama Desk Award nominee Daniel K. Isaac (Billions, The Chinese Lady) and is being directed by Colm Summers (Associate Director, The Inheritance; Portia Coughlan).
Previews for Every Brilliant Thing begin Wednesday, September 6, 2023, in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at Geffen Playhouse. Opening night is Thursday, September 14, 2023.
“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. Daniel K. Isaac 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.
Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Directed by Colm Summers
Previews: September 6, 2023 – September 13, 2023
Opening Night: September 14, 2023
Closing Night: October 15, 2023
Daniel K. Isaac as Performer
Scenic Designer Sibyl Wickersheimer
Costume Designer Samantha C. Jones
Lighting Designer Benedict Conran
Sound Designer Stephanie Lynn Yackovetsky
Associate Director Austin Tooley
Intimacy Director Amanda Rose Villarreal
Dramaturg Olivia O’Connor
Production Stage Manager Colleen Danaher
Casting Director Phyllis Schuringa, CSA
Monday – Tuesday: No performance*
Wednesday – Friday: 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
*There will be one Tuesday performance on October 10, 2023, at 8:00 p.m.
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Approx. 70 minutes, no intermission.
Content Advisory: This production contains discussions of depression and suicide.
If you or someone you know is in crisis or thinking about self-harm or suicide, there is help available. Call or text 988 for the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
Age Recommendation: 16+
All Geffen Playhouse productions are intended for an adult audience; children under 10 years of age will not be admitted.
Tickets currently priced at $30.00 – $129.00. Available by phone at 310.208.2028 or online at Fees may apply.
All Geffen Playhouse productions are intended for an adult audience; children under ten years of age will not be admitted.
Rush tickets for each day’s performance are made available to the general public one hour before showtime at the box office. $35.00 General/$15.00 Student.
Through a variety of events and other opportunities, Geffen Playhouse welcomes college students to experience the live storytelling presented on our stages. We are proud of our association with UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, and open our doors to all college students throughout Los Angeles. More information is available at