‘Every Brilliant Thing’ Play Sparks Mental Health Discussions

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ is on view at the Vista Theater in the Tower District until November 19.

The play was written by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe.

Under the direction of Miguel Gastelum, The Fools Collaborative brings the play to Fresno.

The show’s goal is to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health.

It’s especially timely because people are still struggling with mental health issues post-pandemic. Many also struggle with seasonal depression at this time of year.

Local actors Camille Gaston and Nick Haas alternately play the character. It’s a one-man show.

The piece contains descriptions of depression, self-harm and suicide. Audiences should keep this in mind and remember that the goal is to normalize discussion of the topic.

“It’s such a sensitive subject, but at the same time, we need to be able to talk openly about this subject and normalize that mental health issues are happening,” said Chris Roup, acting executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Health. mental illness (NAMI) Fresno. .

Tickets are on a paid donation system and can be purchased here.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or contemplating suicide, call National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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