TheatreSquared’s Tiny Beautiful Things, which runs through November 5th, is based on the true story of Cheryl Strayed (Wild) from her time as the beloved anonymous advice columnist, "Dear Sugar." Nia Vardalos, the Academy Award-nominated writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, has adapted Strayed’s journey for the stage to widespread critical acclaim. High-definition streaming will be available starting November 12.
A celebration of the simple beauty of being human, this story is a funny and deeply touching exploration of resilience. Over the years, thousands of people turned to Sugar for words of wisdom, compassion, and hope. At first unsure, Sugar finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and heartrending questions from her readers.
A NYTimes Critics’ Pick, Tiny Beautiful Things was called "a theatrical hug in turbulent times." by Variety and "provocative, poignant and rich" by New York Daily News.
T2 favorite Rebecca Harris (The Half-Life Of Marie Curie, Good People, Blind Dates) leads the show as Sugar. Called "impeccable, compelling, and entirely believable" (Wall Street Journal) in her performance as Marie Curie last fall, she is sure to bring the same level of performance to the regional premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things.
The cast is rounded out by three Letter Writers, featuring Broderick Clavery (Shakespeare in Love, Skeleton Crew), Francisca Muñoz (American Mariachi), and August Forman in an exciting T2 debut.
Kim McKean will direct Tiny Beautiful Things, returning to T2 after directing the hit, extended production of Ann in 2020. The creative team also includes Edward T. Morris (scenic designer), Tanner McAlpin (costume designer), Emma Deane (lighting designer) and Cricket S. Myers (sound designer).
Tiny Beautiful Things kicks off T2’s Season 16. After TheatreSquared’s return to live performance in April, T2 celebrated its best-attended production in its 15-year history with Matilda: The Musical presented at Fayetteville Public Library, with the smash-hit world premiere of Designing Women now on stage. The return to in-person performance comes after a year of streaming work featured among the "Top Theatre of 2020" by The New York Times along with recognition as an "outstanding drama company" by The Wall Street Journal.
Performances of Tiny Beautiful Things are scheduled Tues-Sat at 7:30pm, and Sat and Sun at 2pm at TheatreSquared in 477 W. Spring Street in downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas. Tickets range from $18 -$58. All fees are included, with no additional charges at checkout.
Subscription packages for TheatreSquared include full seven-play packages starting at $119, with four-to-six-play flex packages starting at $89. Benefits for season ticket holders include savings of up to 20% on every show, free unlimited exchanges, discounted reserved parking, and same-day discounts in the Commons Bar/Café and other T2 Restaurant & Hotel Partners.
Through T2’s Lights Up! For Access program, supported by the Walmart Foundation, SNAP benefit recipients can purchase $1 tickets, while students and patrons under the age of 30 can purchase $10 tickets. Fully subsidized, free tickets are also available for clients of a number of local community service organizations. For more information, visit theatre2.org/lights-up.
Subscription packages and single tickets can be reserved by calling TheatreSquared at (479) 777-7477 or by visiting theatre2.org/subscribe.
TheatreSquared’s signature offering of bold new plays in an intimate setting has driven its growth to become the state’s largest theatre, offering more than 350 performances annually in two intimate spaces and online. The playwright-led company is one of mid-America’s leading laboratories for new work, having launched more than 60 new plays. Notable collaborators have included Bryna Turner, Anne García-Romero, Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D’Amour, Qui Nguyen, Mona Mansour, Tony Award nominee Lee Blessing, Amy Evans, and many others. TheatreSquared’s remarkable expansion—with a twentyfold increase in audience in just the past decade—parallels the emergence of its home region in the northwest corner of Arkansas as a booming population center and destination for American art. Offering far-reaching access and education programs and an open-all-day gathering space, the Commons Bar/Café, TheatreSquared remains rooted in its founding vision, that "theatre—done well and with passion—can transform lives and communities."
Show Sponsors: Roger Collins, Katherine & Scott Galloway, Ellis & Kay Melton
Additional major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 16 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; the Walmart Foundation; the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage; The Tyson Family Foundation, The Windgate Foundation; and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Marketing support for TheatreSquared Season 16 is provided by Experience Fayetteville, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Fayetteville Flyer, 3W Magazine, CitiScapes, KUAF, MailCo USA, and Univision.