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Every Brilliant Thing

Brilliant Thing

Who in Your Life Needs a List?

In rehearsal, the Every Brilliant Thing team discussed a common misconception about suicide: that you shouldn't ask someone who is struggling with their mental health if they are thinking of ending their life. In fact, research shows that asking someone—directly—if they are thinking about suicide is likely to have a positive impact. Honest conversation is one of the most powerful tools in suicide prevention.

To foster conversations at the theater and beyond, Geffen Playhouse is proud to partner with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Greater Los Angeles and Central Coast Chapter , California Black Women's Health Project, Mindful Connections, and NAMI Westside Los Angeles on this production of Every Brilliant Thing.

Paper resources from our community partners are available in the theater lobby post-show. In addition, we invite audiences to explore the digital resources below.

Our Partners


Los Angeles Organizations for Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

Support Groups for Those Impacted by Suicide Loss

Crisis Support

Recognizing & Addressing Signs of Suicide


For context on interventions for managing suicidal crises, please visit AFSP.org.


Responsible Reporting Guidelines for Media

Excerpted in Every Brilliant Thing

About This Production


Written by Duncan Macmillan
with Jonny Donahoe
Directed by Colm Summers
Featuring Daniel K. Isaac

“Ice cream.” “Water fights.” “Peeing in the ocean 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 (Billions) 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.


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