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Nia Vardalos, Cheryl Strayed, and More Celebrate the Opening of Tiny Beautiful Things

The new work runs at the Public Theater.

Cheryl Strayed and Nia Vardalos celebrate the opening night of Tiny Beautiful Things at the Public Theater.
(© Tricia Baron)

The Public Theater celebrated its world premiere production of Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the book by bestselling author Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Academy Award-nominated writer Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), on December 7. The show is set to play through December 31.

With direction by Thomas Kail (Hamilton), the show is co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, Kail, and Vardalos. Vardalos also stars as the anonymous online advice columnist "Sugar." The complete cast also includes Phillip James Brannon, Alfredo Narciso, and Natalie Woolams-Torres playing multiple letter writers to the columnist. Miriam Silverman will be the cover for "Sugar" and will be performing on November 20 and November 27 at 6:30pm.


The play is described as follows: "As anonymous readers come to her with their deepest and most personal problems, Sugar—who ultimately revealed herself to be Strayed—finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with theirs, creating a beloved column about the monstrous beauty, endless dark and glimmering light at the heart of being human."

Tiny Beautiful Things features scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Jennifer Moeller, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, and sound design by Jill B.C. Du Boff.

For tickets and more information, click here.