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EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan, Barrow Street Theatre, beginning December 6, 2014

The North American premiere of
by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Directed by George Perrin

Barrow Street Theatre
December 6, 2014 - March 29, 2015. Official opening: December 14, 2014. 

A NY Times Critic's Pick 

"[EVERY BRILLIANT THING] is indeed brilliant: an act of complicity and shared imagination between performer Jonny Donahoe and the audience that is exposing, heartfelt and joyous." —Lynn Gardner, The Guardian


Duncan Macmillan: @SleeveNotes 

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1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Things with stripes, 4. Christopher Walken’s voice, 5. Rollercoasters. In Every Brilliant Thing, a young boy attempts to ease his mother's depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world. Everything worth living for. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life. Every Brilliant Thing is a new play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.


August 8, 2014: Edinburgh festival 2014 review: Every Brilliant Thing – the funniest play you'll see about depression. 4/5 stars —The Guardian >>

Duncan Macmillan's life-affirming production takes an unflinching look at the guilt of not being able to make those we love happy.

One of the funniest plays you'll ever see about depression – and possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop – this life-affirming piece of theatre sometimes looks as if it might be sailing quite close to those treacherous theatrical shallows, known as "the cutes", that can capsize even the most well-meaning show. But without sacrificing our enjoyment, Macmillan and director George Perrin steer it well away from whimsy into choppier waters. There is something tough being confronted here – the guilt of not being able to make those we love happy – and it is explored with unflinching honesty. 

August 14, 2014: Edinburgh Festival 2014: Every Brilliant Thing, Roundabout at Summerhall, review: 'solid gold heart'

Duncan Macmillan's Every Brilliant Thing is a touching, surprisingly uplifting show about living with depression, says Laura Barnett

December 14, 2014: Raindrops on Roses, for the Potentially Suicidal. Jonny Donahoe in ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ at Barrow Street NYT Critics' Pick  >>

It is fully aware of the gravitational pull of the darkness that beckons the narrator’s mother and speaks to him as well. In the face of great loss and depression, a real effort of will is required to recall why it’s worth continuing with life. That will is the force that animates “Every Brilliant Thing” and keeps it afloat for the captivating hour of its duration. Being an active part of its creative team takes the chill off the depths of a light-starved winter.

December 14, 2014: Theater Review: The Unexpected Brilliance of Every Brilliant Thing —Vulture >>

It took me the long ride home on the subway, with its crush of straphangers half ignoring and half participating in each other’s lives, to realize that the play’s narrative concepts weren’t interchangeable gimmicks, handy to any tale, but a specific and deep response to the work of staying alive. It’s after all a job that requires hundreds of people and a million things to live for. 

December 16, 2014: EVERY BRILLIANT THING In at No.2 in @LynGardner's top 10 theatre of 2014 list for The Guardian >>

Put the word brilliant in your title and you are asking for trouble. But Duncan Macmillan delivers with this not-quite one-man show about a young boy who, after his mother’s suicide attempt, compiles a list of all the brilliant things that make life worth living. This painfully honest, funny play about depression, guilt, and trying save those you love and yourself, is indeed brilliant: an act of complicity and shared imagination between performer Jonny Donahoe and the audience that is exposing, heartfelt and joyous. 

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Published: Oberon Books, 4/2015

Lungs (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781849431453
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Published: Oberon Modern Plays, 10/2011

MONSTER (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781840027594
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Published: Oberon Books, 4/2008

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Published: Oberon Books, 8/2006

CONSTELLATIONS by Nick Payne, with Jake Gyllenhaal, on Broadway beginning December 16, 2014

Meet Nick Payne at the Drama Book Shop on January 15, at 6:00 p.m.


by Nick Payne

With Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson

On Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Beginning December 16, 2014, Opening January 13, 2014.

Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain, Prisoners) makes his MTC and Broadway debuts in the first American production of CONSTELLATIONS, a new play by Nick Payne (If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet), which premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre to tremendous acclaim. Michael Longhurst (If There Is…) directs.

This mind-bending, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know—delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.



January 13, 2015: Nerds in Love, Rewriting Destinies. ‘Constellations,’ With Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson, Opens on Broadway NYT Critics' Pick >>

Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible — and so emotionally devastating?

January 13, 2015: Constellations review – Gyllenhaal and Wilson see stars in each other's eyes. 5 stars —The Guardian >>

If the science at the center of Nick Payne’s smart, slushy and pretty superb Constellations is right, then there’s a parallel universe in which Manhattan Theatre Club never produced the play, the Royal Court never premiered it, Payne never wrote it. Good thing – for Broadway, anyway – that we’re in this particular cosmos.

January 14, 2015: Constellations reviews roundup – Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson are stellar >>  

ISBN-13: 9780865477711
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Published: Faber & Faber, 9/2013
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WOLF HALL and BRING UP THE BODIES transfers to West End, and Broadway

Mike Poulton's adaptations of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novels

Directed by Jeremy Herrin
RSC, winter 2013

West End 2014, at the Aldwych Theatre, starting in April 2014.

Broadway's Winter Garden Theater. Previews begin March 20, 2015, officially open on April 9, 2015


January 31, 2014: RSC's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies transfers to West End —London OnStage

"As Hilary Mantel's novels are being adapted for a BBC television series, the Royal Shakespeare Company's duo will reportedly transfer to the West End later this year"

March 31, 2014: Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis to film Wolf Hall in Wiltshire

Olivier-award winning actor Mark Rylance and Homeland star Damian Lewis are coming to west Wiltshire next month, for a TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s multiple award-winning novel Wolf Hall.

September 10, 2014: ‘Wolf Hall’ and Its Sequel Aiming for Broadway After London Success —NY Times >>

Broadway and London producers are in talks about a New York run of the hit British play “Wolf Hall” and its sequel “Bring Up the Bodies,” based on the historical novels by Hilary Mantel about Henry VIII and his adviser Thomas Cromwell, according to theater executives with knowledge of the discussions.

September 25, 2014: Royal Shakespeare Company Hit ‘Wolf Hall’ Moves to Broadway with Original Stars —Variety >>

“Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2,” the rebranded two-part theater event that originated at the Royal Shakespeare Company as “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies,” has mapped out its route to Broadway, landing at the Winter Garden Theater in an April opening. 

ISBN-13: 9780007549894
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Published: Nick Hern Books, Ltd., 1/2014

DISGRACED, Pulitzer Prize Winner by Ayad Akhtar on Broadway, Beginning September 27, 2014

by Ayad Akhtar

Meet Ayad Akhtar and Josh Radnor at The DRAMA BOOK SHOP on January 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize Winner begins previews September 27, 2014, at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre. Through March 1, 2015.

The Araca Group presents Ayad Akhtar's DISGRACED, directed by Kimberly Senior. Hari Dhillon reprises the role he performed at London's Bush Theater.

DISGRACED is the story of Amir Kapoor, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. When Amir and his wife Emily, a white artist influenced by Islamic imagery, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging.



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June 10, 2014: ‘Disgraced’ Will Reach Broadway, Though Without Aasif Mandvi —NY Times >>

Ayad Akhtar’s blistering play “Disgraced,” which had a critically acclaimed Off Broadway run in 2012 and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama the next year, will open on Broadway this fall at the Lyceum Theater, one of the lead producers, Matthew Rego, confirmed on Tuesday.

October 21, 2014: 'Disgraced' star Josh Radnor — 'a 24-hour thinker' —go.ocala >>

For nine years, Josh Radnor played a hopeless romantic on TV's “How I Met Your Mother.” So he's the perfect person to ask if his latest project is a good for a date night. Radnor is on Broadway in Ayad Akhtar's “Disgraced,” a blistering play about a dinner party that spirals into a shouting match about race, Islam and culture. He thinks for a moment before taking the bait. 

Disgraced: A Play (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780316324465
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Published: Back Bay Books, 9/2013

ISBN-13: 9780316324472
Published: Back Bay Books, 09/10/2013

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN Bloodies up Brooklyn in 2015 after UK Outings

let the right one in 
let the right one in
adapted by Jack Thorne
based on the novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist
directed by John Tiffany
Royal Court Theatre. November 29, 2013 - December 21, 2013 
Transfers to London's Apollo Theatre, opening March 26, 2014. 
New York's St. Ann's Warehouse, January 20, 2015-February 15, 2015. 
Twitter: @stannswarehouse
"an enchanting, brutal vampire myth and coming-of-age love story"

Oskar is a bullied lonely teenage boy living with his mother on a housing estate at the edge of town, when a spate of sinister killings rock the neighbourhood.

Eli is the young girl who has just moved in next door. She doesn't go to school and never leaves the flat by day. 

Sensing in each other a kindred spirit, the two become devoted friends. What Oskar doesn't know is that Eli has been a teenager for a very long time…

A must-see major new production, Let the Right One In is an enchanting, brutal vampire myth and coming-of-age love story

Tony and Olivier Award-winning director John Tiffany (Black Watch, Once) heads up a creative team including Olivier Award-winning associate director Steven Hoggett (Black Watch, Beautiful Burnout, American Idiot).

"The gasp, so rarely heard in the theatre, rings out often here. First-rate… situated on the slipway between dream and daily life… a mesmerising evening." —Observer
★★★★★  "Exquisitely realised" —The Herald
★★★★ "Polished and poetic" —The Guardian
★★★★ "Ambitious and beautifully shaped" —The Scotsman
January 20, 2015-February 15, 2015
Directed by John Tiffany with associate direction and movement by Steven Hoggett.
Rebecca Benson will return to the role of Eli, which she originated in Dundee and played at the Royal Court and the West End.
Cristian Ortega will play Oskar (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN for NTS)
Other cast includes: Cliff Burnett, Susan Vidler, Gary Mackay, Gavin Kean, Graeme Dalling, Angus Miller, and Andrew Fraser
Twitter: @stannswarehouse 
"The West End's Apollo Theatre, shuttered since a partial collapse of its ceiling plaster injured more than 80 people, seven of them seriously, mid-performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Dec.19, is to re-open. The National Theatre of Scotland production of Let the Right One In, previously seen in London at the Royal Court, will transfer there, beginning performances March 26, prior to an official opening April 7." 
Now, a new temporary floor has been installed at the balcony level, while ongoing investigations and maintenance work take place in the roof. Below this floor hangs a beautiful, large, ceiling cyclorama of a night sky, designed by Let the Right One In set designer, Christine Jones, which immerses the audience deeper in the world of the play.  

April 8, 2014: Let the Right One In five-star review – 'Exquisitely beautiful staging'

The Swedish horror-drama about a love between a vampire and a bullied schoolboy is brought to life once more in this sensitive, ambiguous adaptation 

July 7, 2014: An Undead Tale of the Teenage Years. ‘Let the Right One In,’ a Stage Version of a Vampire Novel. Ben Brantley, New York Times >>

LONDON — And just when you thought you’d had your fill of young vampires in love, along comes a ravishing little romance of the undead that’s guaranteed to warm — and break — your heart, even as it chills your blood. “Let the Right One In,” which is bringing limelight to endless night at the Apollo Theater here, turns your emotions inside out in a way you probably haven’t experienced since you were a teenager.

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ELEPHANT MAN by Bernard Pomerance, starring Bradley Cooper. Broadway Fall 2014

The Elephant Man
by Bernard Pomerance
directed by Scott Ellis
starring Bradley Cooper 

Broadway 2014

Broadway's Booth Theatre beginning October 19 (18?), 2014, opening November 13, 2014 will now begin previews on November 7, 2014 and open on December 7, and has been extended to 14 weeks, through Feb. 15, 2015.

Bradley Cooper, who just some time ago concluded a run in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of The Elephant Man, is eager to bring Bernard Pomerance's 1979 drama to Broadway.

Bradley Cooper stars with Patricia Clarkson, Alessandro Nivola, Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle and Henry Stram.  


May 2, 2013:  John Wells Deal To Direct Bradley Cooper In ‘Chef’ —

"Still open for debate is whether Cooper will have time to bring a revival of The Elephant Man to Broadway. The plan was for it to open in time for Tony Awards consideration for next year, but Cooper’s schedule suddenly got very crowded and it might have to be pushed until next fall." 

January 21, 2014: Entertainment Weekly says THE ELEPHANT MAN is definately headed to Broadway [click here]

January 24, 2014: Bradley Cooper in 'The Elephant Man': A dream role for a heartthrob —L.A. Times 

"The latest hunk to take the role in Bernard Pomerance's play is Bradley Cooper, who will reprise his 2012 performance from the Williamstown Theatre Festival on Broadway this fall. Cooper will be reunited with Alessandro Nivola as Dr. Treves, who rescues Merrick from a freak show, and Patricia Clarkson, as the actress who befriends the patient."

January 23, 2014: Bradley Cooper Will Play ‘Elephant Man’ on Broadway —NY Times ArtsBeat 

January 23, 2014: It's Official: Oscar Nominee Bradley Cooper Will Star Alongside Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola in Broadway Revival of The Elephant Man —

June 3, 2014: The Elephant Man, Starring Bradley Cooper, Sets Broadway Dates — >>

Mark your calendars! Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man, starring Audience Choice Award winner Bradley Cooper, has finally set Great White Way dates. The Tony-winning drama, directed by Scott Ellis, will begin performances at the Booth Theatre on October 18 and officially open on November 13.

July 8, 2018: Bradley Cooper’s Broadway ‘Elephant Man’ Is Delayed (due to scheduling conflicts) —NY Times Arts Beat >>

The revival of Bernard Pomerance’s “Elephant Man,” with Bradley Cooper in the title role, originally scheduled to begin previews in October, has been delayed a month because of a scheduling conflict, a spokesman for the producers said.

October 21, 2014: Bradley Cooper on 'The Elephant Man:' It's why I wanted to become an actor — >>

Stopping by the TODAY set with co-stars Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, Cooper recalled how he first learned about the story as a child when his dad showed him a film version. "It was the reason why I wanted to become an actor, because of David Lynch’s movie,” he told TODAY’s Matt Lauer. “And then I discovered it was a play, and I did it for my thesis in grad school.”

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