6/19/19 – 7/7/19


Could you name a hundred things that make life wonderful? A thousand? How about a million? When he was 7, a boy’s mother attempted suicide. In response, he started a list of things to live for. As he grows up, the list takes on a life of its own. From “Ice Cream” (#1 on the list) to “the Alphabet” (#999,997), Every Brilliant Thing shines a hilarious and compassionate light on dark corners of the human condition. Written by Studio Cabinet member Duncan MacMillan (1984, Lungs), and coming from a sold-out run last year, Studio brings Olney Theatre Center’s production to DC for SHOWROOM. A play about depression, resilience, and the lengths we will go to for those we love—told in collaboration with the audience.

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Part of Studio Theatre's SHOWROOM festival, a curated performance series in the summertime spirit—with spirits.


The Artists


Production Team


Paige Hathaway

Paige Hathaway is a freelance scenic designer based in the DC area. Her credits include Ain't Misbehavin', John, and The Gulf at Signature Theatre; A Doll’s House Part 2, How I Learned to DriveThe Book of Will, and Or at Round House Theatre; The Queens Girl Repertory at Everyman Theatre; Familiar at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; and Talley's Folly, Trayf, Becoming Dr. Ruth, and Everything is Illuminated at Theater J. Regionally, she designed Jerome Robbins’ Broadway and A Chorus Line at The Muny, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Arden Theatre Company, and Sweat at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. 


Max Doolittle

Max Doolittle’s New York lighting design credits include Ars Nova, The Juilliard School, the New Ohio Theatre, and New World Stages. His DC area credits include Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Mosaic Theater Company, Theater Alliance, Constellation Theatre Company, Imagination Stage, The Kennedy Center/Second City, Forum Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Academy for Classical Acting, Adventure Theatre, Pointless Theatre Company, Spooky Action Theater, and NextStop Theatre Company. Regional theatre credits include Kitchen Theatre Company, Fulton Theatre, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and the Mississippi Opera Studio. 


Deb Sivigny

Debra Kim Sivigny recently designed scenery and costumes for Klytmnestra at Theater Alliance. Other recent credits include The Member of the Wedding at 1st Stage, Vietgone at Company One Theatre, Twilight LA: 1992 at Rep Stage, She a Gem at The Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences, and Huckleberry Finn’s Big River at Adventure Theatre. As a member of The Welders, she wrote and set designed Hello, My Name Is... which will be exhibited at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. She received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Scenic Design for her work on Forgotten Kingdoms at Rorschach Theatre and is a five-time Helen Hayes nominee. 


Ryan Gravett

Ryan Gravett is the Sound Engineer and Assistant Production Manager at the Nazareth College Arts Center in Rochester, NY. Previously he was the Sound Supervisor at Olney Theatre Center and Live Mix Engineer at Shakespeare Theatre Company. He has been found touring North America and the world with the national tours of ChicagoHair, and The Producers, and has worked at Walt Disney World, for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and Off Broadway. Sound designs include A Christmas Carol and the original run of Every Brilliant Thing at Olney Theatre Center, and The Devil’s Music at George Street Playhouse, as well as numerous productions at The Ritz Theatre Co. and Surflight Theatre. This summer, Ryan will be the Sound Designer and Sound Supervisor for the James Charles: Sisters Tour. 


Jane Behre

Jane Behre has worked in the DC area on productions of Every Brilliant Thing at Olney Theatre Center and Ghostlight: A Holiday Story. New York credits include Completeness at West of 10th and Stop/Kiss at Glicker-Milstein Summer Theatre Festival. Selected educational designs for Barnard College and Columbia University include Some Hero (thesis) and The 123rd Annual Varsity Show


Dayna Svoboda


Every Brilliant Thing is as compassionate as it is hilarious
Broadway World
An ingenious bit of storytelling.
The Washington Post
Every Brilliant Thing is something I can unreservedly recommend you add to your own personal list before [it's] gone
DC Theatre Scene

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