Circle Theatre

Circle Theatre presents the regional premiere of

Every Brilliant Thing

Fort Worth (May 18) - Making sense of the world is often too complicated. Sometimes making a list of Every Brilliant Thing allows us to simplify our existence. 

1. Ice cream
2. Water fights
3. Staying up past your bedtime
4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose

Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, Circle Theatre brings a theatrical experience that engages the audience with laughter as the list grows longer and longer. This story reminds us to forgive often, love always, and ponder: what is on our list?


Circle’s production is directed by TCU Department Chair and professor, Harry Parker and features Zak Reynolds* as the Narrator. This will be Zak’s Circle theatre debut.
Circle Theatre’s production team members include Megan Beddingfield* (Stage Manager/Prop Design), Clare Floyd DeVries (Set Design), John Leach (Lighting Design), David H.M. Lambert (Sound Design), and Madison Acuna-Taylor (Production Assistant).
Photos are available upon request. Every Brilliant Thing runs approximately one hour with no intermission. Visit for more information. Every Brilliant Thing is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services Inc.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association


About the Playwrights

Duncan Macmillan (Playwright) Credits include: 1984, adapted from George Orwell (2013-17 - Headlong/Almeida/ West End/Broadway/international tour, co-adapted/co-directed with Rob Icke); People, Places and Things (2015-17 - National Theatre/Wyndham’s Theatre, West End); Every Brilliant Thing (2013-17 - Paines Plough/Pentabus Theatre/Edinburgh Festival/international tours/HBO); City Of Glass, adapt. 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); Lungs (2011-16 Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres/Studio Theatre, Washington DC), and Monster (2006 - Royal Exchange).
Jonny Donahoe (Original Cast, Playwright) is a British comedian, writer, and performer, born in Dublin, Ireland. He is best known for his comedy band Jonny and the Baptists, a collaboration with Paddy Gervers. He has toured internationally with the critically acclaimed Every Brilliant Thing, which he co-wrote with Duncan Macmillan. Donahoe was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. In 2016 HBO produced a filmed version of the one-man stage show that the British comedian Jonny Donahoe had been performing for several years. The film showcases footage shot during three performances over two days at off-Broadway’s Barrow Street Theatre.

About the Director

Harry Parker is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre at Texas Christian University.  He has directed more than one hundred professional and university plays and musicals, including productions at the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston), American Heartland Theatre (Kansas City), and City Rep and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (both in Oklahoma City).  In Dallas-Fort Worth, his professional directing credits include Thurgood and Company at Jubilee Theatre, Into the Woods at Lyric Stage, An Act of God and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Stage West, Hunting and Gathering at Amphibian Stage Productions, and 15 previous productions at Circle Theatre including King O’ The Moon, My Name is Asher Lev, and Hope and Gravity.  At TCU, he has directed Oklahoma!, You Can’t Take It With You, Everyman, Sweeney Todd and No, No, Nanette, among others. Originally from Oklahoma City, Harry received his BFA from TCU, and an MA and PhD from the University of Kansas.  He is a two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Medallion of Excellence and the former National Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  In 2013, he won the TCU Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar.  Harry is a proud Associate member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

MHATC Partnership

We are happy to partner with Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County to help us present the challenging topics of depression and suicide with care and expertise.

Circle Theatre will host post-performance conversations following the 3:00pm Saturday matinees on:

June 23 
June 30 
July 7

The discussions will be led by representatives from MHATC who are dedicated to finding better ways to understand, detect, treat, and prevent the progression of depression. 

Every Brilliant Thing
by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Circle Theatre
230 W. 4th Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Sundance Square Entertainment District

When: June 14 – July 14, 2018      
Thursday, June 14, 7:30 pm ($15)
Friday, June 15, 8:00 pm ($20)
Saturday, June 16, 3:00 pm ($15)
Opening Night:
Saturday, June 16, 8:00 pm ($38)
School Night
Friday, June 22, 8:00 pm
($5 students - $10 faculty & staff)
Regular Shows:
Thursday at 7:30 pm  ($25 - $33)
Fridays at 8:00 pm ($30 - $38)
Saturdays at 3:00 pm ($25 - $33)
Saturdays at 8:00 pm ($30 - $38)
About Circle Theatre

Founded in 1981 by Rose Pearson and Bill Newberry, Circle Theatre is currently producing its 37th season of live theatre in Fort Worth. Circle Theatre's mission is the advocacy of contemporary plays rarely seen in this community. Circle is committed to presenting professional, innovative theatre in an intimate setting. The Theatre is partially supported by the City of Fort Worth; the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County; the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Further support comes from the Amon G. Carter Foundation; Communities Foundation of Texas; Ann L. and Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust - Bank of America, NA; the Pangburn Foundation, JP Morgan, Trustee; the Sid W. Richardson Foundation; and The Shubert Foundation, Inc.To read Circle Theatre’s full history visit: