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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Presents EVERY BRILLIANT THING

Every Brilliant Thing opens June 9 at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the professional theatre on the campus of DeSales University.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Presents EVERY BRILLIANT THING

1. Ice cream. 2. Kung Fu movies. 3. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose. 4. Me. In the face of severe depression, a child begins a list of everything that's brilliant about the world. The list soon takes on a life of its own in this captivating play by Duncan MacMillan, with Jonny Donahoe. Every Brilliant Thing opens June 9 at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the professional theatre on the campus of DeSales University.

The Guardian (UK) calls it "One of the funniest plays you'll ever see about depression-and possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop." Every Brilliant Thing previews June 7 and 8, opens June 9, and runs through June 19 in the Schubert Theatre at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts.

An uplifting story examining a family's resilience through laughter and appreciation for life, PSF veteran and DeSales alum Suzanne O'Donnell returns in this one actor play directed by Festival newcomer Anne Hering. O'Donnell and Hering reprise their roles together following their successful run of this production in 2021 at Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

O'Donnell's PSF credits include Maria in Twelfth Night, Mistress Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor, Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, and Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest, among others. Additionally, she has worked regionally at Florida Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 1812 Productions, Folger Theatre, and Arden Theatre, to name a few.

Hering, an actor and director and new to PSF this season, currently serves as Director of Education at Orlando Shakespeare Theater (OST), as well as teaching Theatre and Speech at University of Central Florida, Valencia College, Rollins College, and Seminole State College. Directing credits at OST include Every Brilliant Thing, Christmas at Pemberley, The Tempest, The Great Gatsby, The Turn of the Screw and Yankee Tavern. Select acting credits include OST productions of The Three Musketeers, Henry IV, Part 1, All's Well that Ends Well, Hamlet, The Glass Menagerie, King Lear, and The Winter's Tale.

The Production Stage Manager is George Hamrah, who serves as the Director of Production at OST. A 30-year member of Actors' Equity Association, he has worked as a Stage Manager for theatres throughout the east coast including Trinity Rep. in Providence, RI, The Barter Theatre in Virginia; and in Florida at Orlando Theatre Project, Florida Rep., Riverside Theatre, Walt Disney World and OST.

Sound design is by David M. Greenberg, resident sound designer and sound supervisor for PSF and DeSales University ACT 1 productions. A member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA), he holds an MFA in Theatre Sound Design and Technology from the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Keith & Stephanie Wexler are the production Sponsors for Every Brilliant Thing. Kathleen Kund Nolan & Timothy E. Nolan are the 2022 Season Sponsors. Associate Season Sponsors are Douglas Dykhouse, Linda Lapos and Paul Wirth, The Szarko Family, and Harry C. Trexler Trust.

Patrons can meet with the actor Suzanne O'Donnell following every performance for an informal talk-back offering insights into the production. Volunteers from NAMI, Lehigh Valley (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will also be available at the talk back, and before and during the performances in the event a patron would need support due to the content of the play and its references to suicide and mental illness. Additional support will be provided by the Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs prior to the 7:30pm performance on Thursday, June 16.

Subscription packages and single tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the PSF box office at 610.282.WILL [9455].

The season will run June 3 to August 7 at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the bucolic campus of DeSales University in Center Valley.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival features acclaimed actors from Broadway, television, and film, and is summer home to over 200 artists from around the country, including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Emmy, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Jefferson, and Barrymore awards.

Summer 2022:

Main Stage: A Chorus Line: June 22 - July 10; August Wilson's Fences: July 27 - August 7;
Shakespeare For Kids: July 27 - August 6.

Schubert Theatre: Every Brilliant Thing: June 7 - June 19; The River Bride: July 1 - July 3; Much Ado About Nothing: July 13 - August 7; Little Red: June 3 - August 6.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy, is the only professional Equity theatre of its scope and scale within a 50-mile radius. PSF is one of only a handful of theatres on the continent producing Shakespeare, musicals, classics, and contemporary plays, all of which can normally be seen in rep and in multiple spaces within a few visits in a single summer season. Similarly, PSF was among just a handful of theatres on the continent in recent summers to produce three Shakespeare plays in a single summer season. A patron would have to travel seven to nine hours from PSF to find a comparable range of offerings at a single theatre within a few weeks' time.

The Festival's award-winning company of many world-class artists includes Broadway, film, and television veterans, and winners and nominees of the Tony, Emmy, Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Jefferson, Hayes, Lortel, and Barrymore awards. A leading Shakespeare theatre with a national reputation for excellence, PSF has received coverage in The Washington Post, NPR, American Theatre Magazine,, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and in recent seasons The New York Times has identified PSF as one of the leading summer theatre festivals in the nation. "A world-class theater experience on a par with the top Bard fests," is how one New York Drama Desk reviewer characterized PSF.

Founded in 1992 and the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, PSF's mission is to enrich, inspire, engage, and entertain the widest possible audience through first-rate productions of classical and contemporary plays, with a core commitment to Shakespeare and other master dramatists, and through an array of education and mentorship programs. A not-for-profit theatre, PSF receives significant support from its host, DeSales University, from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Traditionally, with 150 performances of seven productions, the Festival attracts patrons each summer from 30+ states. In 30 years, PSF has offered 200+ total productions (82 Shakespeare), and entertained 1,000,000+ patrons from 50 states, now averaging 34,000-40,000 in attendance each summer season, plus another 13,000 students each year through its WillPower Tour to schools. PSF is a multi-year recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts: Shakespeare in American Communities, and is a constituent of Theatre Communications Group, and the Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA). In 2013, leaders of the world's premier Shakespeare theatres gathered at PSF as the Festival hosted the international STA Conference.

The Festival's vision is for world-class theatre.

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