Sugar (Susi Damilano) reflects on the stories being shared with her in "Tiny Beautiful Things," Photo by Donny Gilliland.

Opening Night at San Francisco Playhouse: Tiny Beautiful Things

San Francisco Playhouse announced complete casting for the Bay Area premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things by Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated writer and actress Nia Vardalos, based on the book by best-selling author Cheryl Strayed (Wild).

Bill English will direct the Playhouse production, opening tonight, February 1.

Based on the book of the same title, Tiny Beautiful Things tells the story of Cheryl Strayed’s experiences as an anonymous advice columnist whose column “Dear Sugar” became a nationwide phenomenon. As Sugar navigates the questions of her real-life readers, she weaves together her own experiences to create a column full of light, laughter, and empathy. 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 that have no answers.

“I’ve always been a secret fan of advice columns. I am drawn to the question of how people reach out for understanding, and how they find it,” said Bill English, Artistic Director. “Is anonymity the deciding factor in people feeling free to unburden their hearts to someone they’ve never met?”

The cast features Susi Damilano, Kina Kantor, Mark Anderson Phillips, and Jomar Tagatac.