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Chester Theatre Company Presents "Tiny Beautiful Things"

Artwork for "Tiny Beautiful Things" at Chester Theatre Company, title of show is in sans-serift white text. Background is purple to orange to yellow to pink gradient, left to right, of abstract light-like dots.
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Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, the play “Tiny Beautiful Things” personifies the questions and answers that “Sugar” was publishing online from 2010-2012.

When Cheryl Strayed was a struggling writer, she was asked to take over the unpaid, anonymous position of advice columnist. She 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. It is the story of what we can feel and learn when we open up to each other, and open up to hearing answers we can’t figure out on our own.

“Tiny Beautiful Things” premiered at the Public Theater in New York City in 2016 directed by Thomas Kail.

Chester Theatre Company in Chester, Massachusetts presents “Tiny Beautiful Things” runs August 18-29. It’s directed by Chester Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Daniel Elihu Kramer and all performances will take place at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA.

We were joined by actors Tara Franklin and James Barry.

In addition to being an actor, Tara Franklin is the Associate Artistic Director at Director of Education at The Chester Theatre Company, and she plays advice columnist Sugar in “Tiny Beautiful Things” and James Barry is one of the actors portraying the people who write into the advice column.

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