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Tiny Beautiful Things

May 4 — May 23, 2021

May 4 — May 23, 2021

Based on the book by
Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed

Based on the book by

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, and the novel Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. Strayed's books have been translated into nearly forty languages around the world and have been adapted for both the screen and the stage.

Strayed is the host of the New York Times hit podcast, Sugar Calling and also Dear Sugars, which she co-hosted with Steve Almond. Her essays have been published in The Best American Essays, the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Sun, Tin House, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Adapted by
Nia Vardalos

Nia Vardalos

Adapted by

Nia Vardalos (Adapter) Best known for writing, producing, and starring in the widely acclaimed film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos is an Academy Award-nominated writer, actor, director, and producer, as well as an adoption advocate.

While making small appearances in sitcoms such as The Drew Carey Show and Two Guys and a Girl, Vardalos began writing a screenplay about her wedding to husband and fellow actor Ian Gomez. Unable to get the screenplay produced, she turned the material into a stage performance. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" soon began commanding sold-out performances and drew the attention of Hollywood heavyweight couple Rita Wilson - herself a member of the Greek community - and her husband Tom Hanks.

Wilson and Hanks decided to produce Vardalos' screenplay with Vardalos as the star. Premiering in 2002, My Big Fat Greek Wedding was an immediate critical and box-office sensation, becoming one of the highest grossing independent films of all time and the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time. The film garnered Vardalos an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay; a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical; a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture; a Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination for Best Writer; and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance.

Since then, she has written, produced, and starred in a number of acclaimed comedies, includingConnie and Carla with Toni Collette and David Duchovny, My Life in Ruins with Richard Dreyfuss, and I Hate Valentine's Day.

Nia Vardalos is the author of Instant Mom - due for publication in April 2013 - a witty, honest, and poignant road-to-parenting story about the circumstances that led to the adoption of her daughter, the daily chaos of parenting, and the inspiration for her becoming a major advocate for adoption. With her signature comedic flair and candor, Vardalos opens up about the heartaches and headaches, tears and laughter that make up what it means to be a parent in Instant Mom and her keynote presentations.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Vardalos studied theater and music at Toronto’s Ryerson University. She followed her natural instincts for comedy and took a job at the box office of Toronto’s Second City Theater, the home of comedy’s famed SCTV. Soon thereafter, when one of the performers fell ill, Vardalos volunteered herself on stage as a last minute addition to the cast. Having spent hours studying the show from the back of the theater, Vardalos convinced the producers that she knew the sketches and could step in. Her performance so impressed the producers that she was given a permanent spot in the troupe as a performer and writer. She then relocated to Chicago’s Second City ensemble where she went on to win Chicago’s Jeff Award for Best Actress.

Following her stints at Second City, Vardalos relocated to Los Angeles to pursue television and film work.

Vardalos made her directorial debut in 2009 with the comedy I Hate Valentine’s Day, which she wrote and co-starred in with My Big Fat Greek Wedding alum John Corbett.

Having become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after comedic actor/writers, Vardalos went on to co-write the box-office hit Larry Crowne starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts and is currently penning the “anti-romantic comedy” Leftovers, in which she will star and produce for Paramount Pictures.

She continues to make guest star appearances on television series such as Curb Your EnthusiasmGrey’s AnatomyCougar Town, and The Good Guys.

In addition to her extensive writing, producing, and acting career, Vardalos fundraises for the underprivileged and is a spokesperson for National Adoption Day. 

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Director
David Saint

David Saint

Director

David Saint (Director/Artistic Director) is in his 23rd season as Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse. He has directed 40 mainstage productions at GSP, having most recently helmed this season’s Midwives in addition to The Trial of Donna Caine, American Hero; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and An Act of God starring the legendary Kathleen Turner in the 2017-18 season. His time here has been marked by collaborations with such artists as Keith Carradine, Tyne Daly, Rachel Dratch, Sandy Duncan, Boyd Gaines, A.R. Gurney, Uta Hagen, Jack Klugman, Dan Lauria, Kathleen Marshall, Elaine May, Anne Meara, David Hyde Pierce, Chita Rivera, Paul Rudd, Stephen Sondheim, Marlo Thomas, Eli Wallach and many others, including a remarkable partnership with Arthur Laurents. In addition, many new award-winning works have begun their life here during his tenure, such as The Toxic Avenger, Proof, The Spitfire Grill, Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies and It Shoulda Been You. He has directed Final Follies at Primary Stages, Clever Little Lies at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY, and off-Broadway at Westside Theatre, as well as the National Tour of West Side Story. In July 2016, he directed a two-night concert performance of West Side Story at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. In Summer 2019, he directed a revolutionary new production of West Side Story for IHI Stage Around in Tokyo and currently serves as a Associate Producer for a new film version of West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg. He also has directed on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, McCarter, Williamstown, Seattle Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Long Wharf and many others on premieres by writers such as Aaron Sorkin, Wendy Wasserstein, Peter Parnell, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Joe DiPietro and Jonathan Larson. He is the recipient of the Alan Schneider Award, Helen Hayes Award, L.A. Drama Critics Award, several Drama-Logue Awards and is the President of The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation.

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Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), wit and hard-won wisdom are dished out in the advice column exchanges between a writer who goes by the name of “Sugar” and her (or his?) readers. Uplifting and unforgettable, Tiny Beautiful Things is about reaching when you’re stuck, recovering when you’re broken, and finding the courage to ask the questions that are hardest to answer. 

Sharon Karmazin, Executive Producer

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