“Tiny Beautiful Things” at the PAC

Actors Nathan Bush, Nikki Atkins, Jeffrey Wilson and Sherron Watson run through a scene of “Tiny Beautiful Things,” which opens tonight, Oct. 11, at the Newport Performing Arts Center. (Courtesy photo)

Beginning tonight, Oct. 11, at the Newport Performing Arts Center, New Visions Arts is presenting a production of “Tiny Beautiful Things” directed by Marc Maislen and starring Sherron Watson, Jeffrey D. Wilson, Nikki Atkins and Nathan Bush.

Based on the best-selling book by author Cheryl Strayed — best known for penning “Wild,” the play “Tiny Beautiful Things” is an incredibly moving play about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken and finding the courage to take on the questions that have no answer.

Thousands of people wrote letters asking for advice from an anonymous online columnist named Sugar, who drew from her own life experiences to answer in a candid, honest exchange. With her own particular brand of incisive empathy, she gave help to those seeking guidance for life obstacles both large and small. It was later revealed that Sugar was Cheryl Strayed.

Nia Vardalos adapted the book into a luminous play, weaving together the real letters to explore the beauty of dark and light which is at the heart of being human. “Tiny Beautiful Things” was praised by The New York Times as “an ideal catharsis” and a “handkerchief-soaking meditation on pain, loss, hope & forgiveness.”

New Visions Arts brings this work to the Silverman Stage of the Newport Performing Arts Center Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Oct. 11-27. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for Students, plus fees and can be purchased at the box office, by phone at 541-265-2787 or online at coastarts.org or newvisionsarts.com. This play contains mature content.

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