In Touch: Every Brilliant Thing at The Denizen Theatre
Each week, "In Touch" dives deeper into the issues and events for the Hudson Valley. Our public affairs show airs each Sunday morning on the Townsquare Media stations here in the region. This week our guest is the Denizen Theatre of New Paltz.
Their current production that runs through April 28th is "Every Brilliant Thing", a moving performance that asked the audience to look at questions like "What makes life worth living?" According to the shows digital program this solo performance play set in the round is "An inspiring journey of how a person copes with their mother's mental health. Powerful, bold and thought-provoking. A heartfelt story full of hope, resilience and joy."
"Every Brilliant Thing" by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahue is being directed by Eva Tenuto of the TMI Project and Assistant Director Blake Pfeil. The one-woman show is brought to life by actress professional Terri Weagant. This play examines the difficult subject of mental illness and suicide.
The Denizen also has an art gallery in it lobby. The gallery partners artists with the different plays to add an artistic theme to the shows. This also allows the Denizen to bring in another piece of the community. The Denizen Gallery's current exhibit benefits both the artist and The Trevor Project. The artist Jared Sprague of Clintondale, NY recently performed "Capture the Tap; Roots" at the Denizen. Two of the pieces that are hanging in the gallery for this show were created inside the Denizen during Jared's recent performances. The Trevor Project which also benefits from the sale of the art is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
The Denizen is a non-profit arts organization who mission is to unite community through theatre. They do this with their flexible 50 to 70 seat black box theatre performances. There are five plays currently scheduled for the 2019 season. The plays they produce focus on new work, emerging playwrights and powerful themes. They offer internships, workshops and affordable tickets.
The current production of "Every Brilliant Thing" run through April 28th with performances Wednesday through Saturday at 8 pm and a Sunday matinee time of 2 pm.