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Quick Bright Things

Quick Bright Things

By Christopher Cook
Subjects: Western Playwrights, British Columbia, Family Life, Community Theatre Picks, Mental Health
Duration: 120 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369100863, 152 pages, May 2020
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369100870, 250 pages, April 2020
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369100887, April 2020

Description

“Everyone hears voices. I’m treated like I’m broken for admitting it. ”

Can a weekend trip to visit family ever be smooth? 

Nick was hoping for a quick dinner at his brother Reid’s house when he stopped by with his seventeen-year-old adopted son, Gerome, on their way to meet Gerome’s birth mother. Gerome was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, and he wants to know more about his family history. Though Reid and his family wreak havoc with their well-meaning but misguided ideas about Gerome’s diagnosis, they manage to convince Nick and his son to stay the night, even after they find Gerome on the roof ready to demonstrate backflips. The dinner pit stop becomes a tense weekend-long event full of claims and questions as the family attempts to “un-crazy” Gerome, leading them all to a dangerous breaking point.

With truth, humour, and pathos, Quick Bright Things explores a family’s struggle with understanding mental health, their ways of expressing love, and what it ultimately means to be “okay. ”

Reviews

“Funny and disturbing. ”

- Cam Fuller, Saskatoon StarPhoenix