Every Brilliant Thing
By Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe
November 11 - December 10, 2017
Director: Wendy Dann
With: Karl Gregory*
Sponsor: Barry Chester and Elissa Cogan
1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Things with stripes, 4. Christopher Walken’s voice, 5. Rollercoasters. In Every Brilliant Thing, a young boy attempts to ease his mother’s depression by creating a list of everything worth living for. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life. Every Brilliant Thing is a very funny and moving new play about the lengths we go to for those we love. It is an immersive experience, as members of the audience are called upon to help tell the story. You will want to see it more than once!
Work includes: People, Places and Things (2015-17, National Theatre/Wyndham’s Theatre, West End); 1984, adapted from George Orwell (2013-17, Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse, West End, Broadway, international tours; co-adapted/co-directed with Rob Icke); Every Brilliant Thing (2013-17, Paines Plough/Pentabus Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, UK and international tours, HBO); City of Glass, adapted from Paul Auster (2017, 59 Productions, Home, and Lyric Hammersmith); 2071, co-written with Chris Rapley (2014-15, Royal Court Theatre/Hamburg Schauspielhaus); The Forbidden Zone (2014-16, Salzburg Festival and Schaubühne Berlin); Wunschloses Unglück, adapted from Peter Handke (2014, Burgtheater Vienna); Reise durch die Nacht , adapted from Friederike Mayröcker (2012-14, Schauspielhaus Köln, Festival d’Avignon, Theatertreffen); LUNGS (2011-16, Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres/Studio Theatre, Washington, DC); and Monster(2006, Royal Exchange).
Regional directing work includes Dallas Theater Center, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Alliance Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Capitol Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Theatre, and seven seasons as associate artistic director at the Hangar Theatre. She is the co-author of the musical Sammy & Me (MusicalFare Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Alliance Theatre, National Black Theatre Festival and New Vintage Theatricals). Wendy is also a playwright and her plays have been finalists for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference as well as the Arts & Letters Prize in Drama. Wendy is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting. Her play, Birds of East Africa, received its world premiere in 2017 at the Kitchen Theatre. Member, SDC and The Dramatists Guild.
is pleased to return to the Kitchen Theatre having designed over 25 productions since 2001. Some favorites include The Trial, The Glass Menagerie, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek and Buyer Cellar, and The Birds of East Africa from last year’s season. Design work has been seen both nationally and internationally. Companies include Syracuse Stage, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, TACT-NYC, Big Art Group NYC, The Dallas Theatre Center, The Gulf Shore Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Hangar Theatre, Tacoma Opera, Madison Opera, Syracuse Opera, Anchorage Opera, Minnesota Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Tri-Cities Opera and The Mill City Summer Opera. Designs for live events with the Herson Group Ltd. for such institutions as Northwestern, Princeton, Cornell, Texas A&M, and the University of Tennessee, to name a few. Steve is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and teaches design at Ithaca College.
is a free-lance sound designer and composer and an Associate Professor of sound design at Ithaca College. Previous designs at the Kitchen Theatre Company include Selling Out, I Become a Guitar, The Two of You, Old Times, Strangerhorse and After Ashley. He has also designed for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Hangar Theatre, Signature Theatre Company, Illusion Theatre, Bridge Repertory Theatre, Playhouse Creatures, Working Theater, and others. Don is an active member of the OISTAT Sound Design Group, USITT Sound Commission, and TSDCA.
has designed and coordinated costumes for a number of previous productions at Kitchen Theatre Company, including: Precious Nonsense, Thin Walls, A Body of Water, Lungs, Black Pearl Sings!, Heroes, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Whipping Man, Circle Mirror Transformation, Irma Vep, Red Light Winter, Broke-ology and Waiting For Spring. Other favorite designs at the Kitchen include Mary's Wedding, Bed and Sofa, Last Train To Nibroc, I Become A Guitar, and Nine Parts Of Desire. She runs her own studio, where she designs and constructs prototypes, mascots and custom clothing for film and public appearances. She has been the Textiles Coordinator and Design Associate for MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd., and presently runs the costume shop at Cornell University. There she is responsible for training students in all aspects of costume construction, and has designed costumes for: Picasso At The Lapin Agile, Beat Box Bard, Bedroom Farce, and Drama, Dance And The Disco Of Desire, among others.
is a scenic and costume design student from Forest Hills, NY currently in her senior year at Ithaca College. Previous credits include set and props design for La Clemenza di Tito at Ithaca College and Scenic Design Apprentice at the Hangar Theatre Summer 2017.
Previous NYC credits: From White Plains (Fault Line Theatre, GLAAD Media Award), FROGS (Fault Line Theatre), Mother’s Da (FringeNYC Encore Series), BecauseHeCan (Personal Space Theatrics), The Servant of Two Masters (PS122). Regional: Ever So Humble, The 39 Steps (Hangar Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (SFSTL), The Importance of Being Earnest (Trinity Rep). Karl was a Resident Company member with Kitchen Theatre Company for five seasons, in over 40 productions. Favorite shows include: Hand To God, Buyer & Cellar, Peter and the Starcatcher (SALT Award), Gutenberg! The Musical!, Fully Committed (SALT Award), SantaLand Diaries, Swimming In The Shallows, The Drunken City, as well as title roles in A Perfect Ganesh, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and The Servant of Two Masters. TV: ALPHA HOUSE, NIGHTCAP. He is also in a new webseries called “Precious Cargo”. BFA- Syracuse University, MFA- Brown/Trinity Rep. He and his husband, Andrew, now split their time between NYC and Ithaca. www.karlgregory.com