Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

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1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Things with stripes, 4. Christopher Walken’s voice, 5. Rollercoasters. In Every Brilliant Thing, a young girl attempts to ease her mother’s depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world. Beloved Cardinal veteran Diane Kondrat will capture your heart with this moving, humorous story which reminds us all of the wonderful and weird things that make life worth living. Read the full content advisory for this show here.

“EVERY BRILLIANT THING finds a perfect balance between conveying the struggles of life, and celebrating all that is sweet in it.” – The Independent (London)


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Duncan Macmillan HeadshotDuncan Macmillan’s plays include: PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS (2015-2017, National Theatre/Wyndham’s Theatre, West End); 1984, adapted from George Orwell (2013-2017, Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company, West End, Broadway, international tours, co-adapted/co-directed with Rob Icke); EVERY BRILLIANT THING (2013-2017, Paines Plough/Pentabus Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, UK and international tours, HBO); CITY OF GLASS, adapted from Paul Auster (2017, 59 Productions, HOME, and Lyric Hammersmith); 2071, co-written with Chris Rapley (2014-2015, The Royal Court/Hamburg Schauspielhaus); THE FORBIDDEN ZONE (2014-2016, Salzburg Festival and Schaubühne Berlin); WUNSCHLOSES UNGLÜCK, adapted from Peter Handke (2014, Burgtheater Vienna); REISE DURCH DIE NACHT, adapted from Friederike Mayröcker (2012-2014, Schauspiel Köln, Festival d’Avignon, Theatertreffen); LUNGS (2011-2016, Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres/Studio Theatre, Washington, DC); and MONSTER (2006, Royal Exchange Theatre).



Diane Kondrat headshotDiane Kondrat is over the moon to perform  EVERY BRILLIANT THING for Bloomington.  Since moving to Portland, Oregon 8 years ago, she has been brought back to appear with Cardinal (ANN, 2016) and the Phoenix Theatre in Indy (THE CHILDREN, 2019).   During quarantine she played Golda Meir in a one-woman show, appeared with SPECTRAVAGASM sketch comedy in their Corona-themed video, and did some Zoom Shakespeare.  TV credits include Netflix’s TRINKETS and NBC’s GRIMM.  While living in Indiana for 27 years, she was head of Oasis Productions, and founded InterAction Theater, Inc. with Nell Weatherwax.  She also toured fringe festivals in the award-winning ASSHOLES & AUREOLES, which debuted at Indy Fringe.  Kondrat was nominated for a Jeff Award in Chicago for Best Supporting Actress in 2011.  Favorite roles include Winnie in Beckett’s HAPPY DAYS and Dianne in SQUARE ONE, both presented at the Waldron with Oasis.   Other shows you may have seen her in are WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, SWEAT,  AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, BOLD GIRLS, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, and for those specializing in ancient Bloomington theatrical history, ORGAMSO ADULTO ESCAPES FROM THE ZOO.  Great thanks to Martha Jacobs for teaching me the Meisner Technique.  Please visit www.dianekondrat.com!


McCormick’s Creek State Park Amphitheater: 250 McCormick Creek Park Rd, Spencer, IN 47460

Cardinal’s Production of Every Brilliant Thing will take place at the McCormick’s Creek Amphitheater. This show takes place entirely outdoors. Masks are welcome, but not required. Seating will be staggered so that all parties will have distance between one another. Parking and bathrooms are available on site, just a short walk from the amphitheater! Bathrooms are located inside of the Canyon Inn. For more information on assessable seating, click here. Rain date subject to availability. If rescheduling is unavailable a full refund will be issued.

Please Note: In addition to tickets, all parties will need to purchase admission to McCormicks Creek State Park. Entrance fees are administered on a per-car basis. Park admission can be purchased through the Cardinal Stage Box Office as an add-on under products. We recommend purchasing park admission in advance to speed up the check in process. If you already own a 2021 Indiana State Park Permit, this can be used in place of the one-time entrance fee.