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Comedy Drama

Tiny Beautiful Things

by Cheryl Strayed & adapted by Nia Vardalos

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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.

Creative team

Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed

Nia Vardalos

Nia Vardalos

Audio-described performance

Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 7:30pm

ASL-interpreted performance

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 7:30pm

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)