Everyone deals with depression differently. For one person, their method of both dealing with and supporting their mother's depression, and eventually their own, is by making a list of Brilliant Things to demonstrate why its great to be alive. 1. Ice cream. 2. Water Fights. 3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch tv. 4. The color yellow. 5. Things with stripes. Spanning decades of one's life, from childhood through college and into adulthood, we see the effect that one person can have on you. And how the things that you love and live for can change over time.

This hilarious, moving, and meaningful one-person show will have TWO different productions happening on alternate nights. Actor Chris Cohen, directed by Nick Zayas and seen recently in ‘Ironbound’, will be performing March 28, 30 and April 5 at 8pm. Actor Lalenja Harrington, directed by Teresa Prevatte, will be performing with us for the first time on March 29 and April 4, 6 at 8pm.

There are no Sunday performances of this show. ALL PERFORMANCES WILL BE AT GATSBY’S PUB, 1157 BURKE ST., Winston-Salem 27101






Performing March 28, 30 and April 5

Chris is a recent New York transplant. After his training at the Circle in the Square theatre school, he found himself opening two theatre companies in Boston and NYC, writing/producing several short films, and Gravedigger, a comedic Television Pilot which won several international film awards. Memorable roles include Bruce from Beyond Therapy, Stanley from A Streetcar Named Desire and Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Most recently he appeared as Maks in SGTC’s Ironbound. Chris would like to thank Spirit Gum for this incredible opportunity. He would also like to thank his friends and family for their support and love.


Lalenja harrington

Performing March 29 and April 4, 6

Lalenja Harrington is a self-described poet/performer and full-time educator dedicated to exploring the intersection of performance, activism and education. This is her first Spirit Gum production and she is thrilled to be working with this fantastic group of people. Other credits include A Christmas Carol (Triad Stage), Keep a Song in your Soul: The Black Roots of Vaudeville (Old Town School of Music- Chicago), Dembe, Born Bad(Paper Lantern Theatre for our Tomorrow), A Time to Kill, Children of Eden (Little Theatre of Winston Salem), RENT (Winston Salem Theatre Alliance) and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Little Theatre of Winston Salem and Winston Salem Theatre Alliance).




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DIRECTOR, Lalenja Harrington

Teresa is grateful to Spirit Gum Theatre Company for the opportunity to direct such a beautiful play with such a talented, collaborative and brilliant cast and crew! Favorite roles for Teresa include Sara Whitmore in Church and State, Hesther Salomon in Equus, Romaine Patterson/Amanda Gronich/Marge Murray in The Laramie Project, Roberta in Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical, and Lulie Stanwyck in Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche. Love to her amazing partner, Reed, and her family and friends. 


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DIRECTOR, Chris Cohen

Nick Zayas teaches Theatre Arts at RJ Reynolds Arts Magnet High School in Winston Salem, NC. He is a proud graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Art and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School Drama Program. Nick worked in Los Angeles for a number of years as an actor, director, and acting teacher. He continues to direct throughout the area.

Stage Managers


Michael Ackerman


Michael is one of the founding members of Spirit Gum. He was recently seen onstage with The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem as William Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love and as Katurian in The Pillowman. Join him for his quickly growing Cookbook Club at the Southside Branch Library!

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STAGE MANAGER, Lalenja Harrington

Rebecca Clark is currently serving on the Spirit Gum Board of Directors. She has been a long-time supporter of Spirit Gum and performed in their production of Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche.