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Arden Theatre Continues Anniversary Season with EVERY BRILLIANT THING

Arden Theatre Company opens the Bob & Selma Horan Studio Theatre with the Philadelphia Premiere of EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Johnny Donahoe, as part of the celebration of their 30th Anniversary Season. Scott Greer stars in the one-man performance and Terrence J. Nolen directs. Honorary Producers are Monica and Philip Rosenthal and the Rosenthal Family Foundation.

"You're seven years old. Mom's in the hospital. Dad says she's 'done something wrong.' She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that's brilliant about the world. Everything that's worth living for. 1. Ice cream. 2..."

So begins a moving, insightful and hilarious new one-person play that is unlike anything you've seen before. Arden favorite Scott Greer leads audiences through a remarkable journey that truly examines what makes life worth living - and the power of theatre to bring people together.

EVERY BRILLIANT THING was first produced in the 2013 Ludlow Fringe Festival in Britain. It enjoyed sold-out runs at three consecutive Edinburgh Festivals and has toured worldwide. During its run at the off-Broadway Barrow Street Theatre in New York, it was filmed for broadcast on HBO.

Terrence J. Nolen, Producing Artistic Director for the Arden and the director of the show says, "I was at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival when I first heard the piece. I got a script, and as soon as I read it I thought about Scott Greer. EVERY BRILLIANT THING allows for an improvisational relationship with the audience. Scott's background in improv, his ability to connect with audiences and his love of storytelling are the reasons I thought of him. This is Scott's 31st production at the Arden. He is one of our treasured collaborators and we love providing these new opportunities and challenges for members of the Philadelphia artistic community."

EVERY BRILLIANT THING will be the first fully produced show in the Arden's intimate Bob and Selma Horan Studio Theatre at the Hamilton Family Arts Center.

Nolen adds, "EVERY BRILLIANT THING calls for an intimate space. The Bob and Selma Horan Studio Theatre has allowed us to consider work we otherwise wouldn't be able to produce and to expand upon our offerings. We are very grateful for Monica and Philip Rosenthal and the Rosenthal Family Foundation."


EVERY BRILLIANT THING previews from Thursday, November 9 through Tuesday, November 14. Opening Night for press is Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7pm. The Opening Night sponsor is Harmelin Media.

Single ticket prices start at $37 with discounts available for groups of 15 or more, seniors, students, military, and educators. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, visit or visit the box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia. Or visit here.

The Arden is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden's Box Office at 215.922.1122.


Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers-on the stage, in the classroom, and in the community. Five productions are staged each season as part of the Mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children's Theatre, the city's first resident professional children's theatre program. New work is produced through the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden's Education Department includes: Arden for All (AFA), a theatre access and education program for underserved young people; Arden Drama School, the after-school, Saturday, and summer camp classes for students in grades pre-K-12; Teen Arden, an immersive after-school access program for Philadelphia-area based teenagers; and the Arden Professional Apprentice Program, a nationally renowned comprehensive theatre management training program. The Hamilton Family Arts Center is the new facility dedicated to education programs and new play development.

The Arden has received numerous honors including 65 awards and 373 nominations from the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. The Arden is a winner of four "Theatre Company of the Year" designations (Philadelphia Inquirer), six Philadelphia Magazine "Best of Philly" awards and three "Best of Philly Kids" awards, the City Paper's Reader's Choice Award and the prestigious "Great Friend to Kids Award" from the Please Touch Museum for Arden Children's Theatre work. For accessibility efforts, the Arden was named a "Keystone of Accessibility" by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Arden Theatre Company is a professional, nonprofit 501(c)(3) theatre company and a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the League of Resident Theatres, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Old City Arts Association. The Arden also participates in The Barrymore Awards, a program of Theatre Philadelphia.

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