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Comedy Drama

Tiny Beautiful Things

by Cheryl Strayed | adapted by Nia Vardalos | co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail, & Nia Vardalos

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When life is bitter, turn to Sugar.

Based on the acclaimed book by Cheryl Strayed (author of the best-selling Wild), this is a funny and deeply touching exploration of resilience following the then-struggling writer as she took over the unpaid, anonymous position of an advice columnist named Sugar. At first unsure of herself, she finds a way to weave her own life experiences together to help those seeking guidance for obstacles large and small. Brilliantly adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, the Academy Award-nominated writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this enrapturing and uplifting play surges with emotion and was described by Variety as “a theatrical hug in turbulent times.” Tiny Beautiful Things is about reaching out when you’re stuck, recovering when you’re broken, and finding the courage to ask the questions that are hardest to answer.

Run time: ~ 80 min with no intermission

Content warning: This production contains mature language and content, including themes/discussion of child abuse, sexual abuse/assault, and drug abuse.

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Dear Writer | Tiny Beautiful Things
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Reviews

“[A] fine ensemble of actors . . . D. Lynn Meyers’ blocking of Vardalos’s script on Brian c. Mehring’s dynamic set [makes] this production pop.”

Tony Dallas theatre blog

“[Tiny Beautiful Things] reminds us to find and appreciate the tiny beautiful things in our lives . . . 4.5/5”

Behind the Curtain Cincinnati theatre blog

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Cast

Michael G. Bath

Letter Writer #1
Michael G. Bath

Kearston Hawkins-Johnson

Letter Writer #2
Kearston Hawkins-Johnson

Taha Mandviwala

Letter Writer #3
Taha Mandviwala

Kelly Mengelkoch

Sugar
Kelly Mengelkoch

Creative team

Cheryl Strayed

Author
Cheryl Strayed

Nia Vardalos

Playwright & Co-Conceiver
Nia Vardalos

Marshall Heyman

Co-Conceiver
Marshall Heyman

Thomas Kail

Co-Conceiver
Thomas Kail

D. Lynn Meyers

Director
D. Lynn Meyers
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Brian c. Mehring

Resident Set & Lighting Designer
Brian c. Mehring

Dana Rebecca Woods

Costume Designer
Dana Rebecca Woods

Matt Callahan

Sound Designer
Matt Callahan
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Kelly Yurko

Wig Designer
Kelly Yurko
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Shannon Rae Lutz

Properties Curator & Design Assistant
Shannon Rae Lutz

Jack Murphy

Technical Director
Jack Murphy
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Margot Whitney

Production Stage Manager
Margot Whitney
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Lexi Muller

Assistant Stage Manager
Lexi Muller

Events

Remembering All the Things

June 5, 2022 @ 1:00 pm

Join local writer Annette Januzzi Wick for a conversation on memoir writing, inspired by author Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things, and discover how to start chronicling your important memories: tiny, beautiful, and otherwise.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended.

 

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Accessibility

Audio-described performance

Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 7:30 pm

ASL-interpreted performance

Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 7:30 pm

Photo credits | Headshots provided by artists; Accessibility, Phil Fiorini and Nathan Robert Pecchia in Fly by Night (Ryan Kurtz); FAQs, Darnell Pierre Benjamin and Bryant Bentley in Detroit ’67 (Mikki Schaffner)