Tiny Beautiful Things

Tiny Beautiful Things

by  Nia Vardalos

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
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Tiny Beautiful Things

by  Nia Vardalos

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1f, 3m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, Tiny Beautiful Things personifies the questions and answers that “Sugar” was publishing online from 2010-2012. When the struggling writer was asked to take over the unpaid, anonymous position of advice columnist, Strayed used empathy and her personal experiences 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 answers. 

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Reviews

REVIEWS 

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


Videos

  • Nia Vardalos Believes In Ghosts And Never Has Food Guilt
  • PUBLIC FORUM: A Conversation with Cheryl Strayed
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: The home of "Sugar"
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1f, 3m or f
SUGAR — Age is 37 and up, no limit. Ethnicity is open. She is a writer, a married mom to two children. On a whim, she takes a job of an anonymous online advice columnist, only to discover that she needs the Letter Writers as much as they need her.
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.
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

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.

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Authors

Nia Vardalos

Nia Vardalos

Tiny Beautiful Things premiered at the Public Theater in New York City in November 2016 under the direction of Thomas Kail.

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