Long Wharf stages Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’

February 6, 2019

Nia Vardalos’ adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling novel “Tiny Beautiful Things” is up next at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre, running Wednesday, Feb. 13, through Sunday, March 10.

Adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos and directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, the play dramatizes Strayed’s anonymous online advice column “Dear Sugar” that “served as a beacon of hope for thousands of letter writers around the world yearning for wisdom, empathy, and above all, love,” Long Wharf said in a news release.

“I remember reading and writing things that we don’t normally say to people in the public space,” Strayed was quoted as saying. “I always think of the ‘Dear Sugar’ column as, like, therapy in the town square.”

“What’s extraordinary is that she (Strayed) was able to tap into the quivering human crisis at the center of each specific circumstance and really talk about that,” director Schmoll said. “She winds up speaking to a part of all of us, not just to the individual letter-writer.”

The cast includes Cindy Cheung (Sugar), Paul Pontrelli (Letter Writer #3), Elizabeth Ramos (Letter Writer #2), Brian Sgambati (Letter Writer #1).

Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven. $75.50-$35.50. 203-787-4282.

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