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Tiny Beautiful Things

Closed October 10, 2017

Handkerchief-soaking meditation on pain, loss, hope and forgiveness.

The New York Times

Why See Tiny Beautiful Things?

Returning to the Public Theater!

Nia Vardalos returns to the Public Theater in this well-received drama from 2016, based on the novel by Wild author Cheryl Strayad. Adapted for the stage by Vardalos herself, this touching work is based on the true story of an anonymous online advice columnist who called herself Sugar, who drew upon her own tragic life experiences to help the thousands who bombarded her with pleas for help. Filled with vignettes and anecdotes from the many letters she replied to, Sugar's true identity becomes apparent; Sugar is in fact, Strayed herself.

About the show

Canadian-American actress Vardolos is perhaps best-known for her breakout 2002 comedy movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. More recently however, she has turned her considerable writing talents to the stage, with this thoughtful work.

First premiering in 2016, it was directed by Tony winner Thomas Kail of Dry Powder and Hamilton) and examines how each human being can heal and move on when stuck, whilst being able to empathize with others in the same boat. This revival will once again be helmed by Kail, when it comes to the Newman Theater this September, for a limited engagment.

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Additional Information


Previews from: 19 September 2017

Opening night: 19 September 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

80 minutes without intermission

And before you stop reading

Tiny Beautiful Things by Joan Marcus Used under Creative Commons License

Cast and Creative


Nia Vardalos as "Sugar"
Teddy Canez as Toast
Ceci Fernandez as Twelfth Night
DeLance Minefee as Honky
Hubert Point-Du Jour as Sojourners


Based on the Book by Cheryl Strayed
Adapted for the Stage by Nia Vardalos
Co-Conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail, and Nia Vardalos
Directed by Thomas Kail
Scenic Design by Rachel Hauck
Costume Design by Jennifer Moeller
Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter 
Sound Design by Jill BC Du Boff

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