TAP Opening Of “Every Brilliant Thing” Benefits JAK’s Place Sept 7

Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) announces the opening night benefit performance of Every Brilliant Thing for JAK’s Place is Sept. 7 at 7:30 pm at the year-round professional theater in Sturgeon Bay. TAP will donate a portion of ticket sales from the evening’s performance to the Sturgeon Bay drop-in social and resource center for people who are affected in any way by mental illness.

Third Avenue Playhouse began its opening night benefit program as a way to give back to the community that supports us,” said Co-artistic Director Robert Boles.

Opening night is always a special evening and we enjoy partnering with a local nonprofit group to share in the excitement,” said Marketing and Development Director Amy Ensign.

The partnership between Jak’s Place and TAP is a natural progression due to the subject matter of Every Brilliant Thing. The play written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe centers around the coming-of-age of a boy, six years old, whose mother is in the hospital. His father tells him she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So the boy starts to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world: 1. Ice cream. 2. Kung Fu movies. 3. Burning things. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose 5. Construction cranes. 6. Me. He leaves the list on her pillow and it soon takes on a life of its own.

TAP favorite Dan Klarer leads the audience on an engaging journey of a son’s gift to his mother, to himself and to the audience.

Every Brilliant Thing will be performed Sept. 7 through Oct. 15. Show times are 7:30 pm Wednesday through Saturday and 2 pm Sunday. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 920.743.1760 or visit


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