‘Every Brilliant Thing’ game sparks discussions about mental health

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — “Every Brilliant Thing” runs through Nov. 19 at The Vista Theater in the Tower District.

The play was written by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe.

Led by Miguel Gastelum, The Fools Collaborative brings the play to Fresno.

The aim of the program is to remove the stigma surrounding mental health.

This is especially timely as people continue to struggle with mental health issues after the pandemic. Many also struggle with seasonal depression this time of year.

Local actors Camille Gaston and Nick Haas alternate playing the character. It’s a one-man show.

The play contains descriptions of depression, self-harm and suicide. Audiences should keep this in mind and remember the goal is to normalize talking about the topic.

“It’s such a sensitive topic, but at the same time, we need to be able to talk openly about this topic and normalize that mental health challenges are happening,” said Chris Roup, acting executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Fresno.

Tickets are on a pay-what-you-can donation system and can be purchased here.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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