Quick Bright Things by Christopher Cook

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Quick Bright Things by Christopher Cook

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. ”

First produced by Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon, SK, 2017

Keywords:  Mental health, family,

Genre: Comedy
Run time: 120 minutes
Male roles: 4
Female roles: 2
Suitable for students 16+

Soon to be published in paperback by Playwrights Canada Press!