Last night HBO premiered Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey‘s Every Brilliant Thing. HBO’s special showing of an Off-Broadway play, is a stark look at depression and finding hope in the ‘little things’ in life. Barbato and Bailey sat down with Daniel Reynolds from Advocate, and spoke about why they chose to do a “not so gay” piece.
“Depression is one of these things where if you don’t experience it yourself, you know someone who does,” said Barbato. “We were inspired by it, and felt it connected with our wheelhouse of work at [our production company] World of Wonder. We like to make films about people or subjects that are often either maligned in the media or not discussed at all in the media.”
Every Brilliant Thing, a filmed version of one of Donahoe’s performances produced by Fenton and Barbato, premieres Monday night on HBO. Its arrival during the holiday season — “a time of personal crisis for many people,” Fenton said — couldn’t be better timed. LGBT people, in the wake of a tumultuous presidential election that has spurred a surge in hate and hate crimes, are particularly at risk for depression during this period.
“Many people struggle with depression in our community for all the reasons that you’d imagine, or that you personally know: the struggle of coming out. The struggle of dealing with homophobia,” said Fenton, who sees a renewed significance of the production in light of Donald Trump’s win.
“If America wasn’t a country facing epidemic depression, the result of the election simply would not be possible,” he said. “We are where we are simply because this country is chronically depressed, I might say suicidally so, since it’s more than likely that the outcome will be devastating. I mean, more than it already is.” (via Advocate)
You can read the rest of the inspiring interview here.
Check out Every Brilliant Thing now streaming on HBO GO and HBO NOW!