New Beginnings premieres “Every Brilliant Thing” for annual fundraiser | local news

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

New Beginnings is hosting its annual fundraiser on September 24th at the Center Stage Theater with British comedian Jonny Donahoe performing his dramatic comedy Every Brilliant Thing, a critically acclaimed humorous and heartfelt play about a boy growing up in the wake from his mother’s depression.

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

“Every Brilliant Thing” has been praised by 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 film for HBO.

New Beginning presents three performances of “Every Brilliant Thing” to raise funds for its mental health and housing support programs. Because mental illness is an extremely critical social issue, New Beginnings hopes this performance will help our community learn more about the impact of mental illness on families, relationships and community, and better understand the beliefs that stigmatize mental illness and prevent change be able.

Kristine Schwarz, Executive Director of New Beginnings, said, “Every Brilliant Thing is a compelling story about depression and the many brilliant things that make life worth living. This narrative brings audiences hope, connection and an understanding of mental illness through a unique piece that removes the stigma of speaking about mental health and one’s feelings.”

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

The three-day event offers incredible recognition for individuals and businesses looking to sponsor events that promote spiritual wellbeing in our community.

To learn how to become a sponsor, please visit

Tickets for any of the three performances are available at

Donahoe is a Drama Desk Award-nominated Actor, Lucille Lortel Award-nominated Author, and 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 high quality, affordable counseling, housing, case management and education that strengthens our community and empowers people to lead healthy and productive lives.

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

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