Nia Vardalos, Cheryl Strayed

MOVED TO 2021 SEASON: June 4 to June 27, 2021


by Nia Vardalos, based on the book by Cheryl Strayed

Co-Conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail, & Nia Vardalos

A celebration of the simple beauty of being human, this funny and deeply touching exploration of resilience is based on Cheryl Strayed’s (Wild) journey as the beloved anonymous advice columnist for “Dear Sugar.” Over the years, thousands of people turned to Sugar for words of wisdom, compassion, and hope. At first unsure of herself, Sugar finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and heartrending questions from her readers. Brilliantly adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, the Academy Award-nominated writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Originally slated for 2020, but due to Covid-19 social distancing measures has been moved to the 2021 Season, Tiny Beautiful Things will run June 4 through June 27. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.

Individual Tickets will be available in early 2021. If you want early access, consider if a subscription is right for you with cost savings and ability to reserve seats before general public.

June 2021
* = Talkback after matinee

Show Approx Run Time
85 minutes


Cheryl Strayed, Author
Cheryl is the author of the number one The New York Times bestselling memoir WildThe New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, and the novel Torch. Strayed’s books have been translated into nearly forty languages around the world and have been adapted for both the screen and the stage. The Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of Wild stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl’s mother, Bobbi. The film was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby. Tiny Beautiful Things was adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, who also starred in the role of Sugar. The play was directed by Thomas Kail and debuted at The Public Theater in New York City to a sold-out run in 2016. Strayed’s essays have been published in The Best American EssaysThe New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Sun, Tin House, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. Strayed holds an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, the filmmaker Brian Lindstrom, and their two children.



Nia Vardalos, Adaptor & Co-Creator
Nia is a Canadian-born actor, writer, and director for both film and stage. She wrote and starred in the hit film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and its sequel, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and an Independent Spirit and People’s Choice Award. Stage credits include Jennie in Theatre20’s Company, directed by Gary Griffin, and writer and actor for twelve of The Second City’s revues (Jeff Award winner). Additional writing and acting film credits include Connie and Carla and I Hate Valentine’s Day. Film and television acting credits include My Life in Ruins; For a Good Time, Call …; Graves; The Catch; Jane the Virgin; and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She is the author of Instant Mom.

Marshall Heyman, Co-Creator
Marshall is an editor and writer living in New York City. He writes the daily “Heard and Scene” social column for Wall Street Journal. Over the years, he has contributed to such publications as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Glamour, InStyle, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, New York, Slate, and many others. He has also written for television.

Thomas Kail, Co-Creator
Thomas directed the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights and Hamilton, for which he received the 2018 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical. Other Broadway credits include Lombardi and Magic/Bird. Off-Broadway credits include Faust, The Wiz, Broke-ology, When I Come to Die, Family Furniture, and The Tutors. He co-created and directed the world premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things, adapted by and starring Nia Vardalos, and directed the world premiere of Dry Powder, starring Hank Azaria, Claire Danes, John Krasinski, and Sanjit De Silva at The Public Theater. In addition to numerous awards, he was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors Award in 2018.


Rebecca Bradshaw is a Boston-based director, casting director, and producer. Recent directing credits include THE TREASURER (Lyric Stage), PHOTOGRAPH 51 (The Nora), OUR DEAR DEAD DRUG LORD (Off the Grid), STUPID F*CKING BIRD and MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION (Emerson Stage), LUNA GALE (Greater Boston Stage Company), BAD JEWS (SpeakEasy Stage), FAMILIAR (A.R.T. Institute), BOTH/AND (MIT/Central Square Theater), BIG LOVE (Brandeis University), THE EARTH ROOM and FIRE ON EARTH (Fresh Ink Theatre), SPEECH AND DEBATE (Bad Habit Productions), OLEANNA and RED (The Umbrella), THE TEMPEST and THE SECRET IN THE WINGS (Weston Drama Workshop), FUFU & OREOS and NOT JENNY (Bridge Rep of Boston), THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE (Hub Theatre of Boston), among others. Bradshaw is the Associate Producer at the Huntington Theatre Company and a proud member of SDC. Upcoming: WITCH at the Huntington

Currently Casting – For information on auditions, click here.

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TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com