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Quick Bright Things

Quick Bright Things

By Christopher Cook
Subjects: Family Life, Mental Health, Western Playwrights, British Columbia, Community Theatre Picks
Duration: 120 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369100863, 120 pages, April 2020
Expected to ship: 2020-04-14


“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’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. Unsure of how to act, Nick’s brother, sister-in-law, and nephew cause a flurry of disorienting energy, but also convince Gerome to stay the night, even after they find him 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 him 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. ”


“Funny and disturbing. ”

- Cam Fuller, Saskatoon StarPhoenix