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Photo Flash: First Look at The Armory's TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS

Portland Center Stage at The Armory brings the critically acclaimed adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things to debut in the author's hometown. Adapted by Nia Vardalos (writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding), co-created by Vardalos, Thomas Kail (director of Hamilton) and Marshall Heyman, and directed by Rose Riordan, Tiny Beautiful Things explores the time Cheryl Strayed spent as the anonymous advice columnist behind "Dear Sugar," and the honest, intimate connection she forged with her readers. Dana Green takes on the role of Sugar, joined by Leif Norby, Lisa Renee Pitts, and Brian Michael Smith who play the letter writers.

Speaking of the adaptation of the book to the stage, director Riordan said, "It's faithful in text, but dramatized in an ingenious way that allows us to hear from Sugar's readers." She continued, "The letters to Sugar are a glimpse into the soul of America in the middle of the night. Sugar's insightful responses are just the remedy we all need."

Strayed, who was involved in the process to adapt the script for its world premiere in New York, spoke of her excitement to have the show produced in her hometown: "I'm so touched by it. It's really, really moving to me and I'm deeply grateful. I'm particularly excited that it's at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, where I have seen so many beautiful, powerful plays."

A celebration of the simple beauty of being human, this funny and deeply touching exploration of resilience is based on Cheryl Strayed's journey as the anonymous advice columnist for "Dear Sugar." Over the years, thousands of people turned to Sugar for words of wisdom, compassion, and hope. At first unsure of herself, Sugar finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and heartrending questions from her readers.

Photo Credit: Kate Szrom

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