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Tiny Beautiful Things

FEBRUARY 13 – MARCH 10, 2019
Based on the Book by Cheryl Strayed
Adapted for the Stage by Nia Vardalos
Co-Conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail and Nia Vardalos
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
Run Time: 75 minutes, no intermission
The Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre

Partial support for open captioning provided by TDF



Thousands of people reach out to Sugar, an anonymous online advice columnist, seeking words of wisdom, honesty, and hope. It’s a lot to ask of one person. But little did she realize that for all her efforts, they just might be healing her as well. Deeply funny, empathetic, and uplifting, Tiny Beautiful Things shows that in spite of our differences, we are all in this together.

“I couldn’t help feeling grateful… for a show that aims to open our eyes to the tiny moments when the world surprises us with care.” – Vulture.com


Whitney Center



Enroue ‘Onigbonna’ Halfkenny is a licensed clinical social worker, a priest within the West African Orisa Religion, an artist, a father, a husband, and a healing justice activist. He created his private practice, Healing and Liberation Counseling, in 2013, to house these aspects of himself and to skillfully support individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations on resolving internal, interpersonal and systemic obstacles in order to manifest their potential: To heal to be free.






CINDY CHEUNG (Sugar) is thrilled to be making her Long Wharf Theatre debut. Cheung’s recent off-Broadway appearances include Log Cabin, Iow@ (both Playwrights Horizons), Wild Goose Dreams, Teenage Dick (both Public Studio), The Great Immensity (The Civilians @ Public Theater), and Middletown (Vineyard). Her acclaimed solo show, SPEAK UP CONNIE, which she wrote, was directed by BD Wong. She also had a notable turn in the raucous comedy Sides: The Fear Is Real… (Ma-Yi/Miyagi). She was honored to receive the Charles Bowden Award, and is a member of groups including The Civilians (Associate Artist), E.S.T., and The Actors Center. She has appeared or will appear in films including Faraway Eyes (upcoming), The Sunlit Night (upcoming), A Kid Like Jake, The Meyerowitz Stories, Roxanne Roxanne, The Strange Ones, The Light of the Moon, Wolves, Mistress America, Obvious Child, Children of Invention, and Lady In The Water. Her television appearances include recurring roles on “Thirteen Reasons Why,” “Blue Bloods,” and “New Amsterdam;” and roles in “High Maintenance,” “House of Cards,” “Homeland,” “The Good Fight,” “Bull,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “Madam Secretary,” “Elementary,” “The Affair,” “Nurse Jackie,” “White Collar,” “Sex and the City,” and all three “Law & Order” franchises. Cheung holds an  MFA from A.C.T. and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, novelist Ed Lin, and their son. Thanks to Ken Rus Schmoll and Long Wharf Theatre for this wonderful opportunity.

PAUL PONTRELLI (Letter Writer #3) Long Wharf Theatre debut! Off-Broadway: The Flick (u/s; Barrow Street Theatre), This Clement World (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Donogoo (Mint Theatre Company), Captain Louie (The Little Shubert). Other NY credits include House of Dance (Half Straddle) and Look Upon Our Lowliness (The Movement). Regional: The Aliens, I and You (Chester Theatre Company). TV: “Instinct” (CBS). MFA: NYU Tisch Grad Acting.

ELIZABETH RAMOS (Letter Writer #2) Off-Broadway: The Surgeon and her Daughters (Cherry Lane Theatre, Dir. Adrienne Campbell-Holt); The Idea of Me (Cherry Lane Theatre, Dir. Jose Zayas); A Month in the Country (Classic Stage Company, Dir. Erica Schmidt). Regional: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, (Pioneer Theater Company, Dir. Julie Kramer); The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Two River Theatre, Dir. Ken Rus Schmoll); Title IX (O’Neill Theatre Center, Dir. Daniella Topol); Fade (TheaterWorks, Dir. Jerry Ruiz); The Women of Padilla (Two River Theatre, Dir. Ken Rus Schmoll); Sleep Rock Thy Brain (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Dir. Amy Attaway). Previous credits include Romeo and Juliet, Odilia, and Sonnets for an Old Century. Training: Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprenticeship and BFA in Acting from California State University, Fullerton. 

BRIAN SGAMBATI (Letter Writer #1) Credits include the Broadway productions of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino, King Lear with Christopher Plummerand The Coast of Utopia. National Tour: Frost/Nixon. Off-Broadway credits include Lucas Hnath’s A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney at Soho Rep, Alternating Currents with Working Theatre, The Iceman Cometh at BAM, Man and Superman at Irish Rep, Smudge for The Women’s Project, Landscape of the Body at Signature Theatre Company, and Amazons and Their Men with Clubbed Thumb. Selected Regional: Prelude to a Kiss at the Huntington, Passion Play at the Goodman, Antony and Cleopatra at the Old Globe, and Sweet Bird of Youth at La Jolla Playhouse. Film and Television credits include: Bull, UnforgettableBlue Bloods, Law and Order, and The Word. Associate Artist, The Civilians. Brian is a member of the Adjunct Theatre Faculty at Wagner College, and holds an MFA from the University of California San Diego.



Set Design:  Kimie Nishikawa
Costume Design:  Arnulfo Maldonado
Lighting Design:  Yuki Nakase
Sound Design:  Leah Gelpe
Production Stage Manager:  Megan Smith
Assistant Stage Manager:  Amy Patricia Stern
Casting by Calleri Casting


“Tiny Beautiful Things” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Original New York Production by
The Public Theater
Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director Patrick Willingham, Executive Director