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Tiny Beautiful Things

May 4 — May 23, 2021

May 4 — May 23, 2021

Based on the book "TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar" by
Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed

Based on the book "TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar" 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 for the Stage by
Nia Vardalos

Nia Vardalos

Adapted for the Stage by

Nia Vardalos (Adaptor, Co-Conceiver) is an alumna of Chicago’s The Second City and a Joseph Jefferson Award winner whose most recent theatre credits include Sugar in Tiny Beautiful Things directed by Thomas Kail in two consecutive seasons (The Public Theater) and Jennie in Company directed by Gary Griffin (Theatre 20). Her writing/acting credits for film include My Big Fat Greek Wedding and its sequel(Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, Independent Spirit and People’s Choice Awards), Connie and Carla, and I Hate Valentine’s Day. Her film and television acting credits include My Life in RuinsFor a Good Time, Call…; “Graves”; and “Jane the Virgin.” Ms. Vardalos’s memoir Instant Mom was a New York Times best seller, and all proceeds are donated to adoption groups.

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Co-conceived by
Marshall Heyman

Marshall Heyman

Co-conceived by

Marshall Heyman (Co-Conceiver) has written for The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesThe New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, InStyle, W, Harper’s Bazaar, New York, and many others. He recently wrote for the AMC show “Dietland.”

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Thomas Kail

Thomas Kail

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Thomas Kail (Co-Conceiver) directed the Broadway productions of Hamilton (Tony Award), In the Heights (Tony nomination), Lombardi, and Magic/Bird. His selected credits include the world premieres of HamiltonDry PowderTiny Beautiful Things,and Kings (The Public Theater), the world premiere of In the HeightsBroke-ology, and the world premiere of When I Come to Die (Lincoln Center Theater), and the world premiere of Daphne’s Dive (Signature Theatre Company). He is the co-creator and director of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme. Mr. Kail’s television credits include “Fosse/Verdon” (upcoming), Grease Live! (two Emmy Awards),“2 Broke Girls,”and The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special.

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Nia Vardalos

Nia Vardalos

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Nia Vardalos (Adaptor, Co-Conceiver) is an alumna of Chicago’s The Second City and a Joseph Jefferson Award winner whose most recent theatre credits include Sugar in Tiny Beautiful Things directed by Thomas Kail in two consecutive seasons (The Public Theater) and Jennie in Company directed by Gary Griffin (Theatre 20). Her writing/acting credits for film include My Big Fat Greek Wedding and its sequel(Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, Independent Spirit and People’s Choice Awards), Connie and Carla, and I Hate Valentine’s Day. Her film and television acting credits include My Life in RuinsFor a Good Time, Call…; “Graves”; and “Jane the Virgin.” Ms. Vardalos’s memoir Instant Mom was a New York Times best seller, and all proceeds are donated to adoption groups.

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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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John Bolger

John Bolger

Cast

John Bolger returns to George Street Playhouse for an eighth time, having previously appeared here in The Trial of Donna CaineAmerican HeroAmerican SonOutside MullingarGood PeopleTwelve Angry Men and Lips Together, Teeth Apart. National Tours: South Pacific and Dirty Dancing; Regional: Five Presidents at Bay Street, cover for That Face at MTC; staged concert of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Richard III at Hartford Stage; The Real Thing and Antony and Cleopatra at The Old Globe; Light Up The Sky at The Roundabout; The Lady From Maxim’s at The Huntington; Safe Sex at La Mama; Midsummer Night’s DreamMacbethTwelfth NightAs You Like ItThe Sea Plays and Ages of Man,  with The Willow Cabin Theatre Co. TV: TakenBullHomelandThe BlacklistOrange is the New BlackThe Black Donnelly’sSex and the CityLaw & OrderNYPD BlueGeneral HospitalOne Life to Live and Another World. Film: Patriots DayThe Only Living Boy in New YorkJust LookingParting Glances and Black and White. And thank you Pat McCorkle for your decades, yes decades, of encouragement and support. You wonderful woman you!

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Kally Duling

Kally Duling

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Kally Duling is thrilled to be back at George Street! Broadway and National Tour: Fun Home. Regional: American Hero (George Street Playhouse), Into the Woods (TUTS), The Tall Girls (Alliance Theatre), Next to Normal (Baltimore Center Stage), Fifth of July (Williamstown Theatre Festival/Bay Street), Bus Stop (Fulton Theatre), Little Women (John Engeman Theatre). TV/Film: The Good WifeOne Bad Choice Voiceover: Nickelodeon, Scholastic, Fischer Price. Huge thanks to Dave Brenner, Wolf Talent, Pat McCorkle, and David Saint. Love to my family, especially B and Ellie Mae! Instagram: @kallydu

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Ryan George

Ryan George

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Ryan George is a Miami raised, NYC based actor, with a BFA from the University of Florida. His NYC credits include the title role of Othello (Alchemical Theater Laboratory) and Jeb in Rush (Paradise Factory Theater). His Regional Credits include Oshoosi Size in The Brothers Size (Gablestage), Fish in The Royale (Gablestage), Spike in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Florida Rep), Trevor in The Play That Goes Wrong (Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Associate in The Christians (Riverside Theater) and Terrance in Thirst (CATF). He was last seen here as Jacob Walker in The Trial of Donna Caine and excited to return to George Street for another wonderful premiere.  

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Laiona Michelle

Laiona Michelle

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Laiona Michelle, a native of Springfield, MA, made her Broadway debut in the principal role of Nanna in Amazing Grace, upon following her performance in the First National Tour: The Book of Mormon. With Little Girl Blue — The Nina Simone Musical, she makes her debut as a writer. Whether playing Dinah Washington in the musical production about the iconic singer’s life (Dinah Was); Calpurnia in a regional Shakespeare production (Julius Ceasar); or as a veteran of the Afghanistan war in the George Street Playhouse production of  Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Hero, Laiona approaches every role  with power and conviction. Awards include: Independent Reviewers of New England, Best Lead Actress award (2001, Stonewall Jackson’s House); Barrymore and Carbonell Awards (2004, Constant Star), The NAACP Hollywood award (2005, Constant Star). Some of her regional credits include: Arena Stage, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Goodspeed Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse and many more. Television:  Lift, All My Children, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Blacklist, and Crashing, as well as Amazon’s Sneaky Pete. Special thanks to The George Street Playhouse, The Karma Foundation and Live & In Color. "You've got to learn to leave the table when love's no longer being served." Nina Simone

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Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Oscar-nominated 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.

 

Mature Audiences LogoTiny Beautiful Things is recommended for mature audiences. Conscientious viewing is advised. Click here for more information regarding this advisory. 

Sharon Karmazin, Executive Producer

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