“Every Little Thing” Sheds Light on Mental Illness


A powerful play is shedding light on the stigma of mental illness.

May is National Mental Health Awareness month and the Cayuga County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hopes to encourage people to continue the conversation.

Co-Presidents Terri and Bart Wasilenko founded the local chapter with a goal to get people talking and they hope that “Every Brilliant Thing” will help them do that.

“It’s an opportunity for individuals to learn about the prevalence and impact of mental illness, with this particular play,” Terri said.

The play that is presented in the round follows the story of a young girl who tries to think of ‘every brilliant thing’ about the world to help prevent her mother from committing suicide.

“We pretty much want the community to learn the facts about mental illness and not just to see a person with mental illness just as an illness but as a whole person,” Terri said. “We really want the community and individuals to seek help.”

The show shines hilarious and compassionate light in some of the darker corners of the human condition. It’s a reminder that hope is never truly lost and it’s also a testament to the healing power of storytelling. 

Seating for “Every Brilliant Thing” is limited and general admission, including light refreshments is $20 for advance sales, $25 at the door and $5 for students. Reservations are strongly suggested. Please plan on arriving no later than 6:30 for seating. The production is not recommended for children under the age of 16.

All proceeds go to benefit NAMI Cayuga and NAMI Sullivan. Come out for an evening of theatre you won’t soon forget. For information and/or reservations, phone (315) 283-5826. 

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