From the producers: 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, often brutally honest exchange. It was later revealed that Sugar was Cheryl Strayed. Vardalos adapts the book, weaving together the real letters to explore the monstrous beauty, unfathomable dark and glimmering light which are at the heart of being human.
Cheryl Strayed is an American memoirist, novelist, essayist and podcast host. The author of four books, her award-winning writing has been published widely in national magazines and anthologies. Her book "Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar" is a collection of essays compiled from Strayed's "Dear Sugar" advice column, which she wrote anonymously, on "The Rumpus" online literary magazine.
Casting Notes: Nia Vardalos will not be performing on the following evenings: 10/31, 11/1 - 11/3.
Academy Award nominee Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") has adapted Strayed’s book. Vardalos, who also starred in the sold-out fall 2016 run at the Public, returns to the role of Sugar for this production. She is joined by Teddy Cañez, Ceci Fernandez, DeLance Minefee, Hubert Point-Du Jour and Natalie Woolams-Torres.
What is the Public Theater? Founded in 1954 by the legendary showman Joseph Papp, the Public Theater is one of NYC'c preeminent non-profit theaters. Dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals, the theater has spawned many Broadway shows (including "A Chorus Line" and the original Off Broadway production of "Hamilton") and has 40 Tony Awards to its credit. More here.