Theatre Alumnus Colm Summers ’22 Directs ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ at Geffen Playhouse

Carlos Barragán
August 11, 2023

Theatre alumnus Colm Summers ’22 is taking the helm as director of Every Brilliant Thing at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, California. The play, written by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe, runs through October 15, 2023.

“Ice cream.” “Water fights.” “Peeing in the sea and nobody knows.” A boy’s handwritten list to cheer up his despondent mom becomes a surprisingly funny and poignant ode to humanity. The actor Daniel K. Isaac (Billions) takes the audience on a coming-of-age journey that reminds us to pay attention to life’s smallest joys—and to each other.

The production, which includes audience participation and lasts 70 minutes with no intermission, is based on the HBO documentary that goes by the same name. You can watch a short trailer here

Single tickets go on sale Monday, August 14. You can sign-up here for early pre-sale access.

Colm Summers (Ó Somacháin) is an Irish stage director for theatre and opera, based between New York and Dublin. He is a writer for theatre and an essayist. Recent credits include The Kill One Race (Playwrights Horizons, NYC), La Clemenza di Tito (dir. Milo Rau, Grand Théatre de Geneve), The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane (National Theatre of Ireland, The Abbey), Bite/Scratch (Live Collision International Festival), Dike by Hannah Benitez (Urbanite Theatre, Florida), Love à la Mode (Smock Alley, Dublin and Trafalgar Square), Gays Against the Free State! (Dublin Fringe Festival), Enemy of the Stars by Wyndham Lewis (Dublin & Fes, Morocco), God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz (Samuel Beckett, Theatre, Dublin). Colm has worked with The Wooster Group, Milo Rau and the International Institute of Political Murder, Dead Centre, and Pan Pan (Dublin/New York), and continues to work with the feath3r theory.