Nia Vardalos Embodies Cheryl Strayed in Tiny Beautiful Things

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The adaptation begins previews November 15 Off-Broadway at the Public Theater with direction by Hamilton Tony winner Thomas Kail.
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Performances begin November 15 for the world premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the acclaimed book by Cheryl Strayed, and adapted for the stage by Oscar-nominated writer Nia Vardalos. The Public Theater production is co-conceived by Marshall Heyman and Hamilton Tony winner Thomas Kail, who also directs.

Vardalos stars as Sugar, the anonymous online advice columnist—revealed to be Strayed—who thousands of people have turned to for words of wisdom, honesty, and hope. An official opening night set for December 7. The show has been extended an additional two weeks and will now run through December 31.

The complete cast features Phillip James Brannon (Nat Turner In Jerusalem), Alfredo Narciso (The Motherf***er With The Hat), and Natalie Woolams-Torres (The Taming of the Shrew), playing multiple letter writers to the online advice columnist Sugar, played by Vardalos. Miriam Silverman is the cover for Sugar and will be performing November 20 and 27.

Academy Award-nominated writer and actor Vardalos makes her Public Theater debut with this new work she has adapted from Strayed’s best-selling book, Tiny Beautiful Things. “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,“ read production notes from the Public Theater.

Tickets can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555,, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater, located at 425 Lafayette Street. Post-show talkbacks with the creative team are scheduled to take place immediately following the performances on November 29 and December 14.

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