EVERY BRILLIANT THING Begins Feb. 14
Zoetic Stage and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County are proud to present the South Florida premiere of EVERY BRILLIANT THING, an acclaimed, one-man play by Duncan MacMillan. Playing February 14 - March 3, 2019 in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House), EVERY BRILLIANT THING continues Zoetic Stage's 2018-2019 season at the Arsht Center as part of the Center's Theater Up Close Series.
The Arsht Center's 2018-2019 Theater Up Close Series is supported by Adrianne and Jerry L. Cohen, Alan and Diane Lieberman and the Hotel Croydon Miami Beach.
Directed by Stuart Meltzer, every brilliant thing is an exhilarating, participative play that strikes a delicate balance between sobering loss and cathartic laughter. In this one-person tour de force, a man (Gregg Weiner) attempts to cure his mother's depression by creating a list of the best things in the world. The list grows as he progresses from childhood ("ice cream") and adolescence ("Star Trek") to college ("surprises") and marriage ("falling in love"). But when life deals a bitter blow, the list proves to be helpful to him in ways that it could never be for his mother.
"I am proud to present Every Brilliant Thing at Zoetic Stage," said Meltzer. "For a play to address the important and timely issues it addresses with such humor and humanity is a rare and wonderful thing. I think this play will resonate with a wide variety of theater-goers."
The play's creative team features scenic design by Michael McKeever, lighting design by Rebecca Montero, sound design by Matt Corey, and technical direction by B.J. Duncan. Amy Rauchwerger is Zoetic Stage's resident stage manager.
ABOUT THE CAST AND CREATIVES
Gregg Weiner was last seen locally in Juggerknot's Motel Stories: MiMo, Million Dollar Quartet at Actors Playhouse, If I Forget at Gablestage, Edgar & Emily at Palm Beach Dramaworks, Disgraced at Florida Repertory Theatre in Ft. Myers, City Theatre's Building the Wall, Ground Up & Rising's The Good Thief, Terror at Miami New Drama, and prior to that, at Gablestage in The Royale. He was part of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Doublewide at Florida Repertory Theatre in Ft. Myers. Additional theater credits include: Red, Dumbshow, Scott & Hem, Long Days Journey into Night, Dial M for Murder, Speed the Plow, That Championship Season, Pitmen Painters and 50 Words. He is the proud recipient of numerous regional acting awards in South Florida and Tampa/St. Petersburg. TV/Film credits include: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "War Dogs," "Magic City," "Burn Notice," "Transporter 2" and he recently shot a pilot called "Catapult Joe." He is an on-air radio personality on 102.7 FM The Beach, a member of The Dramaworkshop at Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach, a New World School of Arts alumni and a member of Actors Equity Association.
stuart melzter (Director) is the Artistic Director and a founding member of Zoetic Stage. He is the proud recipient of Carbonell Awards for Best Director of a Musical for Passion and Best Director of a Play for Clark Gable Slept Here, both at Zoetic Stage at the Arsht Center. He is also a Carbonell Award winner for Best New Work for his play The Goldberg Variations. Altogether, he has been honored with 16 Carbonell nominations. He is pleased to return to the Carnival Studio Theater at the Arsht Center after directing Zoetic Stage's highly successful productions of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Dracula, Fun Home, Dancing Lessons, Wrongful Death and Other Circus Acts,Topdog/Underdog, The Caretaker, Sunday in the Park with George, After, Passion, Rapture, Blister, Burn, Stripped, Betrayal, Trust, Detroit, The Great God Pan, Assassins, Fear Up Harsh, The Savannah Disputation, All New People, I Am My Own Wife, Moscow, The SantaLand Diaries, Captiva and South Beach Babylon. Previously, Stuart served as the Artistic
Director of City Theatre in Miami, where he oversaw and expanded the Summer Shorts Festival. New York and South Florida credits include Romulus Linney's Gint, Harold Pinter's One for the Road, Aristophanes' Lysistrata, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Painted Alice, Everything Will Be Different and Melt. He is the recipient of four Silver Palm Awards for his work as the Resident Director of Zoetic Stage. He received his M.F.A. in Directing from the Actors' Studio in 2002 and B.F.A. from New World School of the Arts in Miami, where he currently serves on the faculty.
Duncan MacMillan (Playwright) Plays include: People, Places and Things (2015-2017, National Theatre/Wyndham's Theatre, West End); 1984, adapted from George Orwell (2013- 2017, Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company, West End, Broadway, international tours, co-adapted/co-directed with Rob Icke); Every Brilliant Thing (2013-2017, 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 (2014-2015, The Royal Court/Hamburg Schauspielhaus); The Forbidden Zone (2014-2016, Salzburg Festival and Schaubühne Berlin); Wunschloses Unglück, adapted from Peter Handke (2014, Burgtheater Vienna); Reise Durch Die Nacht, adapted from Friederike Mayröcker (2012-2014, Schauspiel Köln, Festival d'Avignon, Theatertreffen); Lungs (2011-2016, Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres/Studio Theatre, Washington, DC); and Monster (2006, Royal Exchange Theatre).