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'Every Brilliant Thing' play in Malta, proceeds help suicide prevention


Grandstreet Theatre’s Montana tour will land in Malta on Tuesday, June 25 at the Malta High School Auditorium starting at 7 p.m. and though admission is free for the show, a $5 suggested donation will go to benefit local resources for mental health and suicide prevention in Phillips County and is sponsored by the Phillips County Suicide Prevention Awareness Committee.

The two-person cast comprised of Rosie Seitz Ayers and Ryan Eggensperger will perform “Every Brilliant Thing” written by award-winning British playwright Duncan Macmillan with UK comedian Jonny Donahoe and alternately starring Helena native Rosie Seitz Ayers and Ryan Eggensperger, this powerful one-actor show explores mental health, families and the ways we love in a hilarious and uplifting production for both adults and teenagers.

“Every Brilliant Thing” playwright Duncan Macmillan said he aimed to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness by creating new ways to discuss it openly – and by making people laugh. Duncan states:

“I don’t think I’ve laughed as much making a piece of work as I have with this show, and yet we had quite a seriousness of purpose,” he said. “We wanted to talk about depression in a way that was accurate, and which didn’t alienate an audience. Considering how common depression is, it’s surprising how much stigma there still is around it, how reluctant people are to discuss it. We kept reminding ourselves of the aims of the piece – to make people feel OK to talk and think about depression, to talk about it responsibly and accurately, and to provide a few tools with which to think and talk about it. That sounds quite worthy now I say it out loud, but we mean it.”

Every Brilliant Thing will tour Montana for 50 performances from June 6th through August 3rd thanks to a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, who have prioritized suicide prevention efforts throughout the state. With their help, Grandstreet Theatre will be able to share this beautiful show and its life-affirming message with all of Montana.


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