Tiny Beautiful Things
by Nia Vardalos, Cheryl Strayed
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 1f, 3m or f
Critic’s 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
"Catharsis, that ancient communal ritual of purging and healing…a show that aims to open our eyes to the tiny moments when the world surprises us with care." - New York Magazine
"Should be a sought-after title for other venues looking for a theatrical hug in turbulent times." - Variety, Read More
"It’s provocative, poignant and rich." - New York Daily News, Read More
"Heart-tugging and emotionally rewarding." - The Huffington Post, Read More
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $125 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.