Every Brilliant Thing: Introduction (01:42)
Before the performance of this one man show, British actor Jonny Donahoe passes out lines to audience members to be read aloud.
Every Brilliant Thing: Sherlock Bones (04:41)
With help from an audience member, Donahoe re-enacts the night when he was seven years old and the vet came to put his dog to sleep.
Every Brilliant Thing: Why? (03:37)
Donahoe re-enacts the day he learned his mother had tried to kill herself. An audience member plays the part of seven year old Jonny.
Every Brilliant Thing: Idea for the List (01:14)
Donahoe recalls sitting with a nice old couple at the hospital the day his mom tried to kill herself. Audience members call out the lines given before the show.
Every Brilliant Thing: Mood Music (02:09)
Donahoe recalls going home with his father after leaving the hospital and knowing how to behave based on the type of music his father was listening to.
Every Brilliant Thing: Keno the Talking Dog (01:56)
Donahoe talks about going to the school counselor who used her sock as a hand puppet.
Every Brilliant Thing: "I'll Drown in My Own Tears" (01:21)
Donahoe had 314 items on his list by the time his mom came home from the hospital. He placed the list on her pillow.
Every Brilliant Thing: Remembering the List (02:58)
Donahoe remembers the anger he felt at age 17 after his mom attempted suicide a second time. He followed his mom around reading from the list.
Every Brilliant Thing: Feeling Like a Failure (02:24)
Donahoe explains the rules he had for items on the list. Audience members continue reading lines aloud.
Every Brilliant Thing: "The Sorrows of Young Werther" (03:15)
Donahoe recalls his dad driving him back to university after a quiet Christmas. An audience member plays the part of a mesmerizing professor.
Every Brilliant Thing: The Werther Effect (01:36)
Donahoe read all about social contagions and got angry when he learned that suicide is contagious.
Every Brilliant Thing: Asking for a Date (04:51)
Donahoe re-enacts the first time he spoke to a woman named Sam at the university library.
Every Brilliant Thing: "Don't Do It" (02:27)
Donahoe felt embarrassed when Sam found his list. She added her own items to the list.
Every Brilliant Thing: Drum Break (04:24)
Donahoe added thousands of items to the list after Sam found it. He high fives the audience enthusiastically shouting "U.S.A."
Every Brilliant Thing: "Some Things Last a Long Time" (04:30)
Donahoe was scared of happiness. Children with depressed mothers have a heightened reactivity to stress. He took Sam to meet his parents.
Every Brilliant Thing: Will You Marry Me? (04:16)
List entries became very specific as it climbed to the hundreds of thousands. Donahoe and Sam got married. An audience member makes a speech as dad.
Every Brilliant Thing: End of the List (03:42)
Donahoe talks about settling into marriage and his wife Sam encouraging him to seek professional help for depression.
Every Brilliant Thing: Little Boy With the List (02:15)
Donahoe re-enacts calling the school counselor that he talked to the first time his mom attempted suicide.
Every Brilliant Thing: Getting Help (02:07)
Donahoe re-enacts attendance at a support group. He pulls out the list that his wife had hidden for him before their divorce.
Every Brilliant Thing: One Million (04:20)
Donahoe's mom committed suicide in the car. She did not leave a note. He recalls the funeral. Donahoe hugs audience members and takes a bow.
Credits: Every Brilliant Thing: (02:02)
Audience members think of their own brilliant things.
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