Our Mission
We produce theatre and theatre education in Tucson that entertains, educates, and enlightens children, adults, and families.

Live Theatre Workshop
3322 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85716
Reservations: (520) 327-4242

August 30 - October 6, 2018

EVERY BRILLIANT THING at Live Theatre Workshop

Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan

Directed by Sabian Trout

Steve Wood


When the 6-year-old protagonist of this story learns his mom is in the hospital because she tried to hurt herself, he leaves a note on her bed to remind her of all the things that make life worth living. “Ice cream” and “Kung Fu” movies, for example. “Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose,” is an excellent one, and “me” is perhaps the saddest. This look at mental illness through a child’s eyes is somehow poignant and funny all at once, and it breaks your heart and stitches it back together in exactly the way theatre is supposed to.

"One of the funniest plays you'll ever see about depression—and possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see" - The Guardian

“Every Brilliant Thing” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Special thank you to CODAC Health, Recovery and Wellness for suicide prevention flyers.



August 30 - October 6, 2018

Previews: August 30 and 31 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, September 1 at 7:30 PM

Regular Performances:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM


Previews & Thursday Tickets: $15
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18


1) Unconditional love

2) Family

3) People who come into your life that you want to stay forever

4) Making a difference

5) Traveling

6) The appearance of a long-forgotten memory that makes you laugh out loud

7) Books

8) When loved ones who have passed make their presence known

9) Home

10) The certainty that what is meant to be, will be What's on your list of brilliant things?

- Sabian Trout, Director



Duncan Macmillan kickstarted his career by winning two awards at the Bruntwood Playwriting Competition. He is best known for his plays Lungs, People Places & Things, and the stage adaptation of 1984 by George Orwell. He is a nominee and winner of multiple awards and is also known for his collaborations with director Katie Mitchell.

Jonny Donahoe is a writer, performer and comedian from Ireland. He is most well known for co-writing Every Brilliant Thing with Duncan MacMillan. He was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo performance and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show.



Steve Wood in EVERY BRILLIANT THING at Live Theatre Workshop

 Steve Wood - This is Steve's 47th production in Tucson and he’s proud to be back on the LTW mainstage. He was last seen in LTW’s THE EFFECT. Other favorite roles include the title role in MY NAME IS ASHER LEV (Mac Award Nomination, Best Actor in a Drama), Kit Gill in NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY, Val in LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR (Mac Award Nomination, Best Actor in a Comedy) and Kyle in THE BEST BROTHERS. Thanks to all who support the arts in Tucson and to Fred, Kat and Emilee for everything. And to Sabian: I love you. See Steve next at The Invisible Theatre in THE BUSY WORLD IS HUSHED in October.


 Sabian Trout (Director) is thoroughly enjoying her twelfth season as LTW’s Artistic Director. A few favorite directing credits include THE BEST BROTHERS, BUYER & CELLAR, THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION, PHOTOGRAPH 51, REGRETS ONLY, RECKLESS, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, TRYING, SHIRLEY VALENTINE, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, and ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. Sabian has over 30 years of experience as a director, actor, stage manager, producer and theatre teacher. Professional credits include productions at the Stratford Festival of Canada, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Phoenix,The Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Austin’s State Theatre, LA Theatre Works, and Arizona Theatre Company.


Steve Wood in EVERY BRILLIANT THING at Live Theatre Workshop

 Richard Gremel (Lighting Designer) has been lighting up the LTW stage for the past 12 years. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona where he received a B.F.A. in Theatre Education. Richard is the acting and technical theatre teacher at Empire High School. He is the recipient of the 2017-2018 Arizona Thespians Teacher of the Year. Aside from tech and teaching, Richard acts, directs, and writes plays for the LTW stage. He currently has eight published plays which have been seen all over the United States, Canada, India, Hong Kong, and Australia.


 Karin Hupp (Prop Master/Scenic Painter) has been the prop master for over three years; she also does scenic painting and box office. Some of her favorite projects included the wedding cake for One Slight Hitch, the hound from Baskerville, and the cookies from Frog and Toad. Favorite scenes she has painted include Dorothy Parker's "Vicious Circle" and the bookshelves in The Columnist. Karin enjoys working for LTW because it helps her grow as an artist.


Steve Wood in EVERY BRILLIANT THING at Live Theatre Workshop

 Marli Ray (Technical Director) - I am in my final semester of undergrad at the University of Arizona and a Technical Director for the Arizona Repertory Theater. I have a real passion for teaching tech theater to anyone who is willing to learn, and am always willing to learn myself. I want to take a moment to thank Live Theatre Workshop for the countless opportunities they have given me. I also, want to thank the wonderful, loving folks who have made this my favorite theater to work for.


 Brian McElroy (Sound Designer) - Essentially raised on the LTW stage, Brian migrated backstage following high school, drawn by the intricacies of technical production. He is very humbled to be a part of Tucson's vibrant theatre scene, contracting as a light designer, sound designer, or stage manager for over half a dozen theatre companies in the past few years. You are most likely, however, to find him stage managing or designing at the place that nurtured his theatre education -- LTW. Most recently he has done sound design for LTW's THE EFFECT, MISS WITHERSPOON, HOUND OF BASKERVILLE, ANNAPURNA, and Roadrunner's GOD OF CARNAGE. He is currently the tech guy for LTW's Etcetera series. Brian has formal training in sound engineering, optics, and stage design from the University of Arizona, though he earned his B.S. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science and his B.A.s in PPEL and Creative Writing.