New Beginnings Premieres Play ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ for Annual Fundraiser | Local News

Posted on July 30, 2022
| 1:15 p.m.

new beginnings will hold its annual fundraiser at the Center Stage Theater on September 24, hosting British comedian Jonny Donahoe, who will perform his comedy-drama “Every Brilliant Thing,” a critically acclaimed humorous and heartfelt play about a boy growing up in the wake of its mother’s depression.

Donahoe, co-creator and award-winning star of “Every Brilliant Thing,” has performed the show more than 400 times on four continents, including a highly successful off-Broadway run.

“Every Brilliant Thing” has garnered acclaim from The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, and San Francisco Chronicle, among others, and has even been made into a movie for HBO.

New Beginnings presents three performances of “Every Brilliant Thing” to raise money for its mental health and housing assistance programs. As mental illness is one of the most critical social issues, New Beginnings hopes this performance will help our community learn more about the impacts of mental illness on family, relationships and community and better understand the beliefs that can stigmatize mental illness and inhibit change.

Kristine Schwarz, Executive Director of New Beginnings, said, “Every Brilliant Thing is a gripping story about depression and the many brilliant things that make life worth living. This story brings audiences hope, connection and understanding of mental illness through a very unique play that aims to eliminate the stigma of talking about mental health and its feelings.

In addition to the Saturday night performance on September 24, New Beginnings will also have an evening preview on September 23 and a matinee performance on September 25 at Center Stage.

The three-day event provides incredible recognition for individuals and businesses looking to sponsor events that advance mental wellness in our community.

To find out how to become a sponsor, please visit

Tickets to attend one of the three shows are available on

Donahoe is a Drama Desk Award-nominated actor, a Lucille Lortel Award-nominated writer, and a Chortle Award-nominated comedian. In addition to acting, Donahoe also produces several comedy podcasts, a duo comedy act called Jonny and the Baptists, and tours internationally regularly.

New Beginnings provides quality, affordable counseling, shelter, case management, and education that strengthens our community and empowers people to lead healthy, productive lives.

New Beginnings, located at 324 East Carrillo Street, Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, please contact our development department at 805.963.7777 x112 or via email at [email protected]

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