Every Brilliant Thing
By Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny DonahoeFIND TICKETS
September 5 - 12, 2021
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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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! For more information on accessible 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 ($/car for in-state vehicles) and can be purchased at the door. If you already own a 2021 Indiana State Park Permit, this can be used in place of the one-time entrance fee. If you pre-purchased entrance through the Cardinal Stage website, you will receive an email with further details a few days before the performance.
Duncan Macmillan (writer) is a former Writer-in- Residence at Paines Plough and Manchester Royal Exchange. Plays include People, Places and Things (National Theatre / Headlong); 1984, co-adapted / co-directed with Robert Icke (Headlong / Nottingham Playhouse, UK tour, Almeida Theatre and West End); Every Brilliant Thing (Paines Plough / Pentabus); Lungs (Studio Theatre Washington DC / Paines Plough & Sheffield Theatres); 2071, co-written with Chris Rapley (Royal Court / Hamburg Schauspielhaus); Reise Durch Die Nacht, adapt. Friederike Mayröcker created with Katie Mitchell and Lyndsey Turner (Schauspielhaus Köln, Theatertreffen, Festival d’Avignon); Wunschloses Unglück adapt. Peter Handke (Burgtheater Vienna); The Forbidden Zone (Salzburg Festival / Schaubühne Berlin); Atmen (Schaubühne Berlin); Monster (Royal Exchange / Manchester International Festival). Duncan was the recipient of two awards in the inaugural Bruntwood Playwriting Competition, 2006. Other awards include Best New Play at the Off West End Awards 2013 for Lungs; the Big Ambition Award, Old Vic 2009; the Pearson Prize, 2008. His work with director Katie Mitchell has been selected for Theatertreffen and the Avignon Festival.
Jonny Donahoe is an actor, comedian and writer, best known as the front man of comedy-band Jonny & the Baptists. As a comedian he has toured across the UK, Ireland and Europe. Credits include: The Now Show, Sketchorama, The Comedy Club and Infinite Monkey Cage (Radio 4). TV credits include: Fresh from the Fringe (BBC TV); The Gadget Show (Channel 5). Theatre credits include: Marcus Brigstocke’s Early Edition (Latitude Festival & Edinburgh Festival 2012) and 9 Lessons & Carols for Godless People (Bloomsbury Theatre). He was a finalist in New Act of the Year, Musical Comedy Awards and BBC New Talent. For Jonny and the Baptists he was commissioned to write and perform at the National Theatre, (and on a UK tour), as part of Mark Thomas’s 100 Acts of Minor Dissent. One of the songs written for this was subsequently recorded and released as a UK single, sold out its entire run, and became number one in the iTunes UK comedy charts. For his role in Every Brilliant Thing he has been nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and a Drama Desk Award.
Diane 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!
During rehearsals for Every Brilliant Thing, director Kate Galvin sat down with performer Diane Kondrat and Reverend Mary Ann Macklin to discuss the show’s theme of gratitude and the positive impact of taking stock of the good things in your life. Listen to the full conversation below!
Every Brilliant Thing Podcast
Kate Galvin (Director) is thrilled to be back to working in person with this wonderful team and so grateful for all of the support this community has shown Cardinal Stage over the past year. Kate is the Artistic Director of Cardinal Stage and her work has been seen in recent productions of Ordinary Days, Newsies, The Great Gatsby, The Glass Menagerie, The Christians and Fun Home. A Philadelphia native, Kate is Barrymore Award-winning director of both musicals and plays, and has a passion for new musical development. Regional directing credits include 11th Hour Theater, Fulton Theater, Pittsburgh CLO, Portland Stage, Walnut Street Theatre and others. In addition to her work at Cardinal, Kate is a proud board member at the National Alliance for Musical Theater. www.kategalvin.com
Aubrey Marie Seader (Assistant Director/Covid Compliance Officer) is an actor, director and arts researcher from Bloomington, Indiana. While most theatres were dark during the 2020 season, Aubrey was lucky to join Cardinal Stage Company for their fall Walkabout Radio Play series. Aubrey plays Ellie, an ordinary college girl who inherits bad-ass demon fighting super powers, in “The Women in the Woods,” “Inheritance,” and “Catch & Release”. Aubrey directed and co-produced the four-part Ivy Tech Storytelling Series as a part of the 2017-2018 Ivy Tech Theatre Company season. She is a featured vocalist in Emily Davis’ Tipple + Tune music series. Visit @aubrey.marie.s for more singing videos. Aubrey is a theatre for peace-building researcher, an Institute for Economics and Peace Global Peace Ambassador, and a member of the Knowledge for Prevention (K4P) Youth Advisory Committee at the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace, and Security in Halifax, Canada.
Philip Christiansen (Stage Manager) has been involved with many Cardinal Stage productions, both on stage and off. On stage, he was recently seen in Summer 2021’s Vintage Cabaret, the 2019 holiday production of Disney’s Newsies as Joseph Pulitzer and 2018 holiday production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as Cogsworth. This is the 19th production he has stage managed for Cardinal and will serve as the stage manager/production manager for Bloomington Chamber Singers upcoming production of Considering Matthew Shepard. He is also the company stage manager for Indianapolis Opera.
Macy Kloville (Sound Designer) is a Chicago based sound designer and engineer. She recently graduated from Indiana University where she worked actively in the sound department. Macy has worked at Cardinal on Fun Home, The Christians, The Glass Menagerie, Charlotte’s Web, and the cabaret series. She has also worked at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Theo Ubique. Macy is happy to be back to visit Bloomington and work the Cardinal again!
Bailey Noel (Props Master) studied film and theater at Ball State University. She has worked on short film productions, such as Summer Spell Casting, and directed a series of mini docs and commercials. Bailey recently finished directing a virtual production of Check Please with Monroe County Civic Theater. Prior to that, she starred in The Little Theater of Bedford’s production of Elf the Musical as Jovie. This will be her first production with Cardinal Stage.
Christopher Simanton (Costume Stylist) is participating in his eleventh Cardinal Stage production. Most recently he was the Costume Designer for Rounding Third and before that, The Christians, Fun Home and Sex with Strangers. He was also the Wig Designer for Frankenstein. Before joining Cardinal Stage, he spent a year with Red House Arts Centers where he worked as: Wig Designer, Costume Designer, Wardrobe Supervisor, and Interim Costume Shop Manager. Christopher has worked on several shows such as: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Bring It On, and The Wizard of Oz. In his spare time Christopher moonlights at The Back Door as local drag queen Oriana Peron.
Grace Lazarz (Assistant Stage Manager) is an educator, actor, director, arts administrator, and stage manager new to the Bloomington area. She recently moved from South Bend, Indiana where she worked as the Volunteer Director and Education Specialist at South Bend Civic Theatre, in addition to a variety of teaching artist and directing work over the last six years. Her youth theatre passion has taken her to Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA and as far as Accra, Ghana. Other passions include clowning, street performance, and youth empowerment. She is thrilled to be joining the stage management team of this production and to be integrated into this new artistic community.
Joseph Moran (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to ASM for Cardinal Stage for the first time. He has graduated from IU with a Theatre major and has stage managed for the independent project I Love XXX, and been an ASM and crew member for many IU productions.
Cardinal Spirits Specialty Cocktail
The perfect pairing! Stop by Cardinal Spirits after the show for a specialty cocktail, inspired by the play — available starting Friday, September 3rd (dine-in only, reservations required). Plus get 15% off your order when you bring in your playbill!
Tiki Rum, raspberry syrup, pineapple, lime, ginger, demerara syrup, mint.
Smooth, bright, and tropical, with a pleasant zip from ginger and mint!
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