Every Brilliant Thing – Jan 28-Feb 27, 2022

“Crowd-pleasing and thought-provoking…
The perfect play to stage at this time.” 

Arts ATL/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

1) Ice Cream. 2) Rollercoasters. 3) Staying up past your bedtime. As a mother battles chronic depression, her child creates a list of everything that makes life worth living. As ttime passes, the list grows and becomes an epic chronicle of life’s small joys. This unexpected, funny, and emotional journey has touched audiences around the world, charting the lengths we will go for those we love—and drawing on the audience’s help to tell the story.

The story-teller will be played by three separate actors, performing on different nights of the Horizon run. The performers are O’Neil Delapenha, Megan Hayes, and Shelby Hofer.

“This is not like any show I have ever seen before,” says director Jeff Adler, Horizon’s Co-Artistic Director. “It’s intimate and personal with the actor interacting directly with the audience before and during the play. Every night will be a different experience with each actor and audience bringing their own stamp to the play. We have reduced the seating capacity of the theatre and included playing spaces throughout the audience to increase the intimacy while keeping COVID safe. The show is filled with humor, joy, and hope, even though it tackles the very serious topic of mental health and its legacy in a family. Audiences will leave feeling uplifted, more connected to their loved ones, and hopefully appreciative of all the small miracles that make life worth living every day.”


TRIGGER WARNING: Although aspects of mental health are approached from a positive perspective, and the play is about resilience and hope, Every Brilliant Thing does address the topics of depression and suicide.

Performance Dates

Press Opening: FEB 4

Show Times

Monday – Friday at 8:00 PM
Saturday at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sunday at 1:00 and 5:00 PM

Thursday at 11:00AM

General Admission

Tickets start at $30 on Monday – Thursdays, and $35 on weekends.

Bring your neighbors!
Group pricing is available for parties of 10+. Groups of 10-24 receive $3 off the general admission ticket price. Groups of 25+ receive $5 off the general admission ticket price. Call 404.523.1477 x100 or e-mail groups@horizontheatre.com for more information.

Ticket prices are subject to change. Buy early for best pricing. Internet convenience fee added to all online orders. No refunds, exchanges, or late seating. Cannot combine discount offers.

Creative Team

  • Directed by JEFF ADLER
  • Scenic & Properties Designers ISABEL CURLEY-CLAY and MORIAH CURLEY-CLAY
  • Costume Designer Heidi Cline McKerley
  • Sound Designer Thom Jenkins
  • Properties Master ALEXIS McKAY


O’NEIL DELAPENHA is an actor, director, and all around storyteller currently based in Atlanta. He’s originally from South Florida and received his BFA degree in acting from New World School of the Arts. Previous acting credits include James T in Barbecue at Portland Playhouse, Candy Corn and other characters in The Ghosts of Little Five Points at Horizon Theatre Company, and Parolles in All’s Well That Ends Well at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. O’Neil believes that the best stories are the ones that shift and mold around the very people bearing witness to them. That shared experience is what truly bridges the gap between audience and performer. Which is why, after reading the script once, he knew he wanted to be a part of this show—to help create and share in those experiences. You may also catch O’Neil onstage at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, performing as Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet select night’s throughout the month of February. Follow him on IG: @oneild14.

MEGAN HAYES is thrilled to return to Horizon Theatre for Every Brilliant Thing. Hayes is an award-winning writer, storyteller, and actor. She has appeared at the Horizon in Waffle Palace Christmas, Sex with Strangers, Tree and Santaland Diaries to name a few. Her film and Television credits include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Emmy nominated Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones, Eastbound & Down. She currently Co-Hosts Horizon’s Southbound: True Life Tales from the ATL and Beyond with Brittani Minnieweather. Megan dedicates her performance to the memory of her mom, Sarah.

SHELBY HOFER is an actor, writer, and Co-director at PushPush Arts, where she develops distinctive opportunities for artists to explore new ideas and collaborate across the globe. She has appeared on many stages over the last two decades locally, nationally, and internationally. In Atlanta, her stage performances include multiple productions at Horizon, including The Good Times Are Killing Me, Escape from Happiness, Almost Maine, and Bad Dates. Her performances of 101 Humiliating Stories (Lisa Kron) at PushPush garnered numerous awards including one of the Top 50 Shows of the Decade and a Best Actress award from Creative Loafing. Prior to the pandemic, she performed standup for three years while she was creating her most recent project, High Risk, Baby!, an autobiofictional comedy about a woman’s inner child clashing with her grown-up self, as she tempts fate with a journey to an in-vitro clinic in Ukraine. This show marks her 8th at Horizon, and she is thrilled to be back.

Press, Reviews, & Audience Feedback

“Crowd-pleasing and thought-provoking…The perfect play to stage at this time.”  -ArtsATL/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Engaging and hopeful…Surprisingly funny!” -ArtsATL/Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“We attended  last night and give the performance 5 out of 5 stars!” -audience member

“So much fun!  Go see it”  -Karen S.

“Last night I brought one of my teen ensemble casts to see Every Brilliant Thing along with two teachers from Ben Franklin Academy. We all loved it. After our discussion about the show this afternoon, I suggested that the students send you their thoughts about the show and why it was so positive for them as high school seniors who have been moving away from attending ‘regular’ productions at professional theatres. What they told me today was pretty enlightening. So glad to be back in your theatre space.”High School Teacher