A funny and moving tribute to resilience and hope

Published 11:13 am Thursday, February 23, 2023

JACKSON—New Stage Theatre will present, Every Brilliant Thing the timely and life-affirmig story of life’s
miracles and finding hope March 14 – 26, 2023. Curtain times and dates for performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays
at 7:30 p.m with matinee performances on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $35.00
with discounts available for students, senior citizens, military, and groups. Tickets can be purchased at the
box office, charged by phone by calling the theatre at (601) 948-3533, or ordered online at
www.newstagetheatre.com. This production is sponsored by the Meyer and Genevieve Falk Endowment Fund
for Culture and Arts. Security provided and patrols during performances. Recommended for: Ages 14+ for mentions of
suicide and suicidal ideation.
Could you name a hundred things that make life wonderful? A thousand? How about a million? A boy’s mother attempted
suicide and in response, he started a list of things to live for. As he grows up, the list takes on a life of its own. This surprising
and immersive theatrical experience speaks openly about depression, mental illness, and suicide. With poignant humor and
joy, it takes us on a journey through grief, healing, falling in love, and (re)discovering all that life has to give.
I am so excited about Every Brilliant Thing, a refreshing play told in collaboration with the audience that has touched
audiences worldwide”, says artistic director Francine Reynolds. “One of the reasons this play was chosen is because it
addresses mental health. Societal trends and the pandemic have uncovered an upsurge of mental health issues. In a recent
survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, it was found that an overwhelming majority of people in the United States think the
country is experiencing a mental health crisis. Not only is Every Brilliant Thing an irresistible play about sadness that
celebrates the world’s joys, it is an event that provides an unforgettable communal experience that reminds us of the power
found in connecting with the people around us. The play welcomes audiences into the story. While participation is optional,
from time to time the two actors will invite patrons to take part. Ray McFarland and Ali Dinkins are the perfect actors to guide
the Every Brilliant Thing experience,” says Reynolds.
Audience Interaction: This production involves audience participation. All Interactions are optional, confirmed by consent.
The production may be enjoyed with or without directly participating.
The cast includes: New Stage Theatre’s production of this solo tour de force will feature two actors who will rotate in the
role at different performances. The actors are audience favorites Ray Mcfarland* and Ali Dinkins.
*Ray McFarland appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.