Farmington suicide prevention group hosts ‘Every Brilliant Thing’

Farmington SAFE (Suicide Awareness For Everyone) will host a performance of “Every Brilliant Thing,” a one-man show featuring audience participation, on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Farmington Hills City Hall, 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd.

Written by British author Duncan Macmillan and British comedian Jonny Donahoe, the play has been performed in several countries and was filmed as an HBO special in 2017. The story focuses on a boy who compiles a list of “brilliant things” or sources of pleasure in life. He leaves itemized pieces of paper for his mother to find following her suicide attempt, hoping to give her reasons to live.

Numbered notes are distributed before the play among audience members who become participants as they read selected “brilliant things” called out by the narrator. The story focuses on the boy’s life from youth through adulthood as he maintains his inspirational list.

“While the subject matter deals with loss and depression, the play is really uplifting,” said Farmington Hills Mayor Dr. Ken Massey. “It causes you to think about why life is worth living.”

The presentation of “Every Brilliant Thing” is funded by the Graham E. Smith Memorial Fund. There is no fee to attend, but space is limited to 100 participants. The event will also offer networking and resource tables with representatives from community mental health organizations.

Registration is limited to four reserved seats per caller. To reserve your spot in the audience, please call the City Manager’s Office at 248-871-2500.

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