Tiny Beautiful Things

Studio Play: Sept 16 – Oct 2, 2022

Based on the book by CHERYL STRAYED

Adapted for the stage by NIA VARDALOS

Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of essays compiled from Strayed’s “Dear Sugar” advice column, which she wrote anonymously, on The Rumpus, an online literary magazine. The stories focus as much on her literary memoir as they do on advice and self-help.

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. 


This play contains adult language and references to adult/sexual situations and drug use.

This play is based on real letters from real people with real problems. Some of the content may be triggering for some people, however nothing is depicted or reenacted, only discussed from the perspective of healing.

The overall message and tone of this show is positive, cathartic, supportive and uplifting — however we do understand that for some people being blindsided by mention of a triggering topic can be extremely upsetting. Please use your discretion when deciding if this play is right for you.

If you would like a comprehensive list of potential triggering topics, or would like to inquire about specific topics, please email website@theatretallahassee.org.

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Dates & Times

Friday, Sept 16 • 8 pm
Saturday, Sept 17 • 8 pm
Sunday, Sept 18 • 2 pm

Friday, Sept 23 • 8 pm
Saturday, Sept 24 • 8 pm
Sunday, Sept 25 • 2 pm

Friday, Sept 30 • 8 pm
Saturday, Oct 1 • 8 pm
Sunday, Oct 2 • 2 pm

Production Staff

Director: Lauren Herod
Stage Manager: Marisa Hasty
Scenic Designer: Melissa Findley
Lighting Designer: Patrick Campbell
Sound Designer: Gerry Nielsen


Sugar – Gwendolyn Gay
Letter Writer 1 – Tiffany Underwood
Letter Writer 2 – Melissa Findley
Letter Writer 3 – Elizabeth Cochran