Every Brilliant Thing
This solo show, starring JOHN ULLYATT, shares the story of a child who keeps his mother’s chronic depression at bay by creating a list for her of everything that makes life worth living. This touching, funny and intimate performance chronicles life’s small joys even as it reveals the lengths to which we will go for those we love.
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Written by DUNCAN MacMILLAN with JONNY DONAHOE
Featuring John Ullyatt
Directed by Dave Horak
Production Design by Alison Yanota
Sound Design by Aaron Macri
Assistant Director Bethany Hughes
Stage Manager Michelle Chan
Offers sentimentality without shame ... pretty much guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming.
★★★★★ Engaging and empathetic ... one of the best plays of the year.
One of the funniest plays you'll ever see about depression - and possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop.
Cast & Creative Team
- John UllyattPerformer×John UllyattPerformer
Citadel: John has appeared in many productions at the Citadel, most recently in A Christmas Carol and What the World Needs Now: A Celebration of the Music of Burt Bacharach, as well as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda (RMTC/Citadel/Arts Club). Other Citadel favourites include Rocky Horror, Death of a Salesman, Billy Bishop Goes to War, The Pillowman, and Cabaret.
Upcoming: Later this year he will be in Candide (Edmonton Opera); and 1979 (Belfry Theatre).
- Dave HorakDirector×Dave HorakDirector
Citadel: Directing debut. Death of a Salesman (Actor).
Other Theatre:Terry and the Dog, Stupid F@#king Bird, Burning Bluebeard (Edmonton Actors Theatre); Fun Home (Plain Jane Theatre); The Winters Tale (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); Lend Me a Tenor (The Mayfield); and The Skin of Our Teeth (Bright Young Things).
Upcoming:Much Ado About Nothing (Freewill Shakespeare Festival).
Other: David also teaches at various Alberta universities and was honoured to be nominated for a 2018 MacEwan University Distinguished Teaching Award. www.davehorak.com
- Alison YanotaProduction Designer×Alison YanotaProduction Designer
Other Theatre: Premium Content (Production Design, Major Matt Mason Collective); The Wedding Party (Lighting Design, Alberta Theatre Projects); After the Fire (Set and Costume, Punctuate! Theatre); The Lonely Diner, Wait until Dark (Lighting Design, Vertigo Theatre); Nine Parts of Desire (Production Design, The Maggie Tree).
Upcoming:Between Us (Set and Lighting, Handsome Alice Theatre); The Worst Thing I Could Be (Is Happy) (Costume and Prop Design, Tiny Bear Jaws as part of the Riser Festival).
Other: This is Alison’s debut design for Citadel Theatre and she is excited to be part of such an elite team of artists and crafts-people. A graduate from the Mount Royal University Diploma in Technical Theatre and the University of Alberta MFA and BFA in Theatre Design, Alison Yanota is an artist who believes in the performance space as a form of interactive sculpture.
- Aaron MacriSound Designer×Aaron MacriSound Designer
Citadel:Einstein’s Gift (2003), Stones in His Pockets (2004), and True Love Lies (2011).
Other Theatre:BASH’d! A Gay Rap Opera (Off-Broadway, 2008).
Upcoming:After The Fire (the next show in this theatre!), and The Blue Hour (SkirtsAFire).
Other: The last seven years he has worked primarily in television. CAUTION: May Contain Nuts (APTN, Composer, five seasons); Tiny Plastic Men (Superchannel, Composer, four seasons/Sound Designer, one season); E-Town (Byte TV, Composer); Truckstop Blood Suckers (Byte TV feature film, Composer).
- Bethany HughesAssistant Director×Bethany HughesAssistant Director
Other Theatre: She is a co-founder of Straight Edge Theatre, and served as the Artistic Director of the Walterdale Theatre.
Other: Bethany holds a BA in Psychology and Drama from the University of Alberta. Special thanks to Dave Horak, the Citadel Theatre, and the brilliant artists who made this production happen. Enjoy the show!
- Michelle ChanStage Manager×Michelle ChanStage Manager
Citadel: (Selected Credits) A Christmas Carol, Ring of Fire, Once, The Silver Arrow, Shakespeare in Love, West Side Story, Avenue Q, One Man, Two Guvnors, Spamalot, Private Lives, A Few Good Men, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Show, August: Osage County, The Forbidden Phoenix, and Sweeney Todd.
Other Theatre:Sister Act (Mayfield); Vidalia, Evelyn Strange, Cocktails at Pam’s (Teatro la Quindicina).
Other: This is Michelle’s 20th season at the Citadel Theatre. Michelle has been the Citadel’s Resident Stage Manager for 12 years!