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Tiny Beautiful Things

Sunday, March 21, 2021

6:00 – 9:00 pm, by appointment only

Manoa Valley Theatre


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Audition Announcement

A Dramatic Comedy, based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed

Adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos


directed by Rob Duval

Sunday, March 21, 2021

6:00 – 9:00 pm, by appointment only

Mānoa Valley Theatre


Production Dates:

May 6-23, 2021

May 27 - 30 (possible extension)

Tiny Beautiful Things personifies the questions and answers that “Sugar,” a struggling writer, was asked when she took over the unpaid, anonymous position of advice columnist. Strayed used empathy to help those with 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.



Audition requirements:


Seeking two female and two male actors to portray the following characters.


SUGAR – female, 40s - 50s  

LETTER WRITER #1 – male, 40s

LETTER WRITER #2 – female, 20s - 30s

LETTER WRITER #3 – male, 20s - 30s


Letter Writers will portray multiple characters, advise seekers who write to Sugar. Sugar remains herself throughout. Casting is open to all genders, ethnicities, and ages.


Actors will be reading from the script for auditions.

Please call MVT to make an audition appointment 808-988-6131

About the Director

Rob Duval (Director) For MVT, Rob's directed productions of The Rocky Horror Show, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, The 39 Steps, Hair, and Gutenberg! The Musical! Some of Rob's directing credits at DHT include The Fox on the Fairway, The Mousetrap, Leading Ladies, Guys and Dolls, Lend Me a Tenor, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In 2014, Rob was privileged to direct an exceptional cast (including the late Patty Duke) in the world premiere of Joe Moore's Heaven Forbid!, at HTC. The following year he directed Pat Sajak and Joe Moore in Wrestling Ernest Hemmingway. He's also directed Romeo and Juliet, and Cymbeline, for HSF. As an actor, Rob's enjoyed roles in Time Stands Still, The House of Blue Leaves, Is He Dead?, and The Glass Menagerie, at HPU, The Elephant Man, at MVT, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Leading Ladies at DHT. He's been featured in two episodes of Hawaii Five 0, one episode of Magnum P.I., and appeared in the recent documentary, Voices Behind Barbed Wire. Rob holds a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree both from UCLA. He loves his job inspiring Theatre and Musical Theatre students at 'Iolani School.


About the Playwright

Nia Vardalos wrote and starred in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and an Independent Spirit Award and People’s Choice Award. Stage credits include originating the role of Sugar in The Public Theater’s Tiny Beautiful Things, directed by Thomas Kail, Jennie in Theatre20’s Company, directed by Gary Griffin, and writer and actor of twelve The Second City’s revues (Chicago’s Jeff Award winner, Best Actress). Writing and acting film and television credits include: Helicopter Mom; My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2; Larry Crowne; Connie and Carla; I Hate Valentine’s Day; My Life in Ruins; Jane the Virgin; Law and Order: SVU; and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Vardalos is the New York Times-bestselling author of Instant Mom, the story of adopting her daughter via foster care, and all proceeds are donated to adoption groups.


Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, and the novel Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. Strayed's books have been translated into nearly forty languages around the world and have been adapted for both the screen and the stage.


The Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of Wild stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl's mother, Bobbi. Tiny Beautiful Things was adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, who also starred in the role of Sugar/Cheryl. The play was directed by Thomas Kail and debuted at The Public Theater in New York City.


Strayed is the host of the New York Times hit podcast, Sugar Calling and also Dear Sugars, which she co-hosted with Steve Almond. Her essays have been published in The Best American Essays, the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Sun, Tin House, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


Upcoming Shows:


Popcorn Fall March 18-28, 2021


Tiny Beautiful Things May 6-23, 2021


Daddy Long Legs July 1-11, 2021


Please note:

Following COVID19 guidelines, this production will utilize assigned seating. 

With spaced out rows and empty seats between groups.

Please allow time for COVID question screening and temperature checks upon arrival at theatre.

All patrons, staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks while on property. 

There will be no meet and greet after the performance.

We ask all patrons to leave immediately following. 

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The theatre is run by a fulltime professional staff of seven, and utilizes community volunteers in all areas of its operations.

Manoa Valley Theatre is a charter member of the American Association of Community Theatre, a member of Hawaii Alliance for Drama Education and Hawaii State Theatre Council.


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