Tiny Beautiful Things
by Nia Vardalos
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 1f, 3m or f
Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things personifies the questions and answers that "Sugar" was publishing online from 2010 - 2012. When the struggling writer is asked to take over the unpaid anonymous position of advice columnist, Strayed used her own empathy to help those seeking guidance for obstacles both large and small.
Tiny Beautiful Things is a play about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken and finding the courage to take on the questions which have no answer.
CRITICS' PICK! "Tiny Beautiful Things is about the endangered art of listening to — and really hearing and responding to — other people...it works beautifully as a sustained theatrical exercise in empathy." - The New York Times, Read More
"Warm, funny, and endearing." - BroadwayWorld, Read More
"...should be a sought-after title for other venues looking for a theatrical hug in turbulent times." - Variety, Read More
"Provocative, poignant and rich...very good things come in "Tiny" packages." - NY Daily News, Read More
"Audiences experience the breathtaking honesty and wisdom that won the columnist a cultishly devoted readership." - The Village Voice, Read More
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary
- Duration: 75 Minutes
- Setting: The home of "Sugar"
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Casting1f, 3m or f
MALE LETTER WRITER # 1 — Age, gender and ethnicity are open. This person first appears when he emails Sugar with the offer of the job as an online advice columnist, and later appears as several Letter Writers, including women. Most notably he plays someone who repeatedly trolls Sugar online by signing off as WTF, and a father who has lost his 22 year old son in a car accident.
FEMALE LETTER WRITER — Age, gender and ethnicity are open. This person plays a variety of Letter Writers of many ages, including an assortment of males. Most notably, she plays a woman dealing with the after effects of a miscarriage, plus Sugar’s mother who appears in flashbacks.
MALE LETTER WRITER # 2 — Age, gender and ethnicity are open. This person plays a variety of roles, including women. Most notably he plays a transgender person in search of an answer about family, plus someone who is unsure about maintaining a relationship with a narcissist father.
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
The distribution of the letters is open to the director’s choices. The goal was to create a piece which could be played by all genders and ethnicities.
Tiny Beautiful Things premiered at the Public Theater in New York City in November 2016 under the direction of Thomas Kail.