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Every Brilliant Thing
HIGHWIRE SERIES

Feb 1 - 23, 2020

tickets & times

Every Brilliant Thing

HIGHWIRE SERIES

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

VENUE
The Rice
WARNING: This show contains mature subject matter. 14+
Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission
Offers sentimentality without shame ... pretty much guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming.
NEW YORK TIMES
★★★★★ Engaging and empathetic ... one of the best plays of the year.
NOW MAGAZINE
One of the funniest plays you'll ever see about depression - and possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop.
THE GUARDIAN
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 Ullyatt
    Performer
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    John Ullyatt
    Performer
    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 Horak
    Director
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    Dave Horak
    Director
    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 Yanota
    Production Designer
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    Alison Yanota
    Production Designer
    Citadel: Debut.

    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 Macri
    Sound Designer
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    Aaron Macri
    Sound 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 Hughes
    Assistant Director
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    Bethany Hughes
    Assistant Director
    Citadel: Debut.

    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 Chan
    Stage Manager
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    Michelle Chan
    Stage 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!