Performing Arts – October 19 – Brainerd Dispatch

Lamplighter Community Theater presents ‘Every Brilliant Thing’

STAPLES – Lamplighter Community Theater of Staples presents “Every Brilliant Thing” featuring Staples native Matthew R. Olsen. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 21 and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. All performances are free.

“Every Brilliant Thing” is an interactive one-person show that engages audiences throughout production, providing a unique experience for each performance, according to a press release.

This is the story of a son who creates a list of things worth living for in order to cheer up his chronically depressed mother. Performed in an intimate “in-the-round” performance setting, the storyteller guides us through his struggles with loss, grief, and sanity.

Filled with humor, surprise, nostalgia and grief, this piece is a light to the dark corners of human experience, illuminating the common parts of us all, according to the press release.

The performances will take place in the Auditorium du Centenaire and will be followed by a discussion with the actor and the director of the production.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, a statutory appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and the generous support of Staples/Motley Beyond Poverty and Lakewood Health System.

Brainerd Community Theater presents “Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Neil Simon

BRAINERD – Brainerd Community Theater will present Neil Simon’s classic coming-of-age comedy “Brighton Beach Memoirs” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, Wednesday and Thursday, and November 1-3. at Chalberg Theatre.

It’s September 1937. Dreaming of baseball and daughters, 15-year-old Eugene Morris must contend with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: fearsome mother, overworked father, and worldly older brother. The play contains adult themes, parental discretion is advised.

Add to that his widowed aunt, his two daughters and it’s a recipe for hilarity in a bittersweet, heartbreaking and whimsical tale that tugs at the heartstrings and reminds us of the importance of family and love. in the most difficult times, according to a press release.

Tickets cost between $11 and $16 including fees. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit