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Florida Rep. Partners with Lee Schools, Lee Health & Kids Minds’ Matter for Performances

Florida Repertory Theatre

Florida Repertory Theatre’s 22nd season continues next week with performances of the one-man show “Every Brilliant Thing,” by playwright Duncan MacMillian.  The show runs from Feb. 25 through March 29.

The play is an interactive monologue involving a lot of audience participation.  Through tragedy and humor the show tackles heavy themes such as chronic depression, suicide, love, coping with loss and learning to appreciate all those things in life, big and small, that make it worth living.

Thanks to a unique partnership between the Florida Rep, the Lee County School District, Lee Health and the non-profit “Kids Minds’ Matter,” local high school students will get a chance to experience the show.

We’ll embark on a closer exploration of the play and explore the current status of available resources for children’s mental health services with Lee Health’s Vice President of Mental and Behavioral Health Dr. Paul Simeone, Lee Schools Director of School Counseling and Mental Health Services Lori Brooks, play director Eleanor Holdridge, actor Michael Satow, and Florida Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Greg Longenhagen.

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida. Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.