The Guardian called “Every Brilliant Thing” “one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression – and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, period…heartbreaking, hilarious.”

The Independent wrote: “‘Every Brilliant Thing’ strikes the perfect balance between conveying life’s struggles and celebrating all that is sweet about it.

Lucky Penny presents the acclaimed solo show, starring Craig A. Miller, for two performances only August 13-14.

Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, who played him first, the story is told by the narrator, a 6-year-old child whose mother is in hospital after attempting suicide. To help her find something to make her happy, he begins to write down a list of good things in the world, those things that make life worth living, such as: “1. Ice cream 2. Kung fu movies 3. Burning things 4. Laughing so hard you squeeze milk out your nose 5. Construction cranes 6. Me.

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He leaves her list on his pillow, and he knows she read it because she corrected the spelling; his list keeps growing.

“What Macmillan offers, with great sensitivity behind the copious laughter, is a child’s fierce and flawed attempt to make sense of adult unhappiness and a meditation on the shadow that a loved one’s depression casts upon a family’s life,” London’s Evening Standard wrote.

‘Every Brilliant Thing’ sold out three consecutive tours at the Edinburgh Festival. While running at the Barrow Street Theater in New York City, it was filmed for broadcast on HBO and first aired in 2016. It continues to tour around the world.

Craig A. Miller was previously artistic director of 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa and partnered with Lucky Penny on several productions before leaving California to become assistant professor of theater and directing at the University of Idaho . He performed “Every Brilliant Thing” for the Idaho Repertory Theater in June.

The new season

In September, the 2022-23 season of Lucky Penny begins with eight planned plays and musicals. The season opener is the 2013 Tony Award winner for best play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang.

This touching and outrageous comedy is built around characters and themes inspired by the world of Anton Chekhov, but it speaks to modern sensibilities about family responsibilities, the nature of success, global warming and nostalgia for simpler times.

The season continues with “Sweeney Todd”, “A Napa Valley Christmas Carol”, “Saving Santa”, “Disney’s Descendants”, “And the World Goes ‘Round”, “Silent Sky” and “The Great American Trailer Park Musical – 10th Anniversary Revival.

Season passes and single tickets are on sale for the 2022-23 season. Subscribers get the maximum discount on all tickets while securing preferred seating well in advance. Online ticketing for all shows is available at Questions can be answered by emailing [email protected] or by calling 707-266-6305.

The Lucky Penny Community Arts Center features a 99-seat black box theater with high-tech air filtration, and full bar selections are available before and during performances. The location is 1758 Industrial Way in Napa.