A play based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed, and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos. A theatrical hug in turbulent times ...PG-13
Directed by Amy Kaduce // Assistant Director: Michele Hinz
Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, Tiny Beautiful Things personifies the questions and answers that “Sugar” was publishing online from 2010-2012. When the struggling writer was asked to take over the unpaid, anonymous position of advice columnist, Strayed used empathy and her personal experiences to help those seeking guidance for obstacles both large and small. Tiny Beautiful Things is a play about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions which have no answers.
Critic’s Pick! “Tiny Beautiful Things is about the endangered art of listening to – and really hearing and responding to – other people…it works beautifully as a sustained theatrical exercise in empathy.” - The New York Times
"Catharsis, that ancient communal ritual of purging and healing…a show that aims to open our eyes to the tiny moments when the world surprises us with care." - New York Magazine
"Should be a sought-after title for other venues looking for a theatrical hug in turbulent times." - Variety
It’s provocative, poignant and rich." - New York Daily News
"Heart-tugging and emotionally rewarding." - The Huffington Post
✅ The role of Sugar is being cast early through an individual audition sign up process between Jan 1st and Jan 10, 2019... All actors interested in the of Sugar can sign up for a spot using this Doodle link. https://doodle.com/poll/uxbckqsf3q7b5u3b Actors auditioning for Sugar will be using the section of the show titled “The Ordinary Miraculous”. Copies of the Sugar side can be found here.
✅ Letter Writers will be auditioned together on January 13th at 7 pm at Giving Tree. Letter Writers will audition using the sides titled “Empty Bowl” and “Like an Iron Bell”. Those sides can be found here. If you are planning to audition for letter writer roles, feel free to sign up early at the linked google form.
4 roles with much to do. Need to be gifted, authentic storytellers, with emotional range-especially Sugar. There should be significant vulnerability and naturalness to delivery of the material by all. Sugar does not leave the stage and has a significant amount of dialogue.
We are beyond grateful this year, and so glad to be together with our family- and extended families that we see on the weekends. This is a little different message though... We could use your support. Our first 4 years in business, we have relied almost entirely on ticket and concessions sales to keep our doors open, and prices consistent. Making theater could be cheap, but we have made the choice to produce really good shows in a really good location, which honestly makes the expenses add up fast.
We are hoping to keep Giving Tree focused on our mission: GREAT STORIES, BIG HEART. We don't have large corporate sponsorships, or rent-free space, and we are looking to people like you to be our champions. To keep our doors open, our lights on, and our focus on giving back to the community.
Since learning about Giving Tree Theater, many of you have asked us how you can help us make your cozy little Uptown theater a longterm success that will be around for a long time. We've been hesitant and measured about asking for help, but this is one way you can help us out.
We have new "high tech" fancy gift cards coming in soon, and would love to be thought of as one of the best gifts you can give your loved ones. We also have a limited remaining number of CSA (Community Supported Arts) Memberships that make a fantastic easy-to-use gift. Sign up online, and then you, or your loved one will simply see shows whenever they would like. It really is that simple!
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We are (and have been since we opened, but didn't say much about it) a "Sponsored Project" of the national arts organization Fractured Atlas. They reviewed our mission and project plan, and then their board approved us to be a worthy project for their sponsorship program. This means donations made to Fractured Atlas in Giving Tree's name can be fully tax deductible.