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Depression, Suicide Are Themes Of Uplifting Play

Actor Ro Boddie is seen in a promotional photo for "Every Brilliant Thing."
Cygnet Theatre
Actor Ro Boddie is seen in a promotional photo for "Every Brilliant Thing."
Depression, Suicide Are Themes Of Uplifting Play
Depression, Suicide Are Themes Of Uplifting Play GUESTS: Rob Lutfy, director, "Every Brilliant Thing" Deborah Skvarna, licensed therapist, Vista Hill Foundation

If a playwright wanted to write a warm and humorous play that would leave the audience feeling pretty darn good, depression and suicide would probably not be the themes chosen.

Those subjects are front and center in Duncan Macmillan's one-man play, "Every Brilliant Thing," which opened this week at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town.

Somehow the play lets the audience come away both amused and uplifted. Part of the reason may be that the audience actually participates in the play, playing roles and keeping items on a list of all the reasons to live — every brilliant thing.

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In coordination with the Vista Hill Foundation and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), several of the performances will be followed by an audience talk-back with the director, Rob Lutfy, and a licensed therapist.

Rob Lutfy and Vista Hill therapist Deborah Skvarna talk about "Every Brilliant Thing" on Midday Edition.

Corrected: May 21, 2024 at 10:17 PM PDT
The Vista Hill Foundation is a KPBS supporter.