Tiny Beautiful Things

July 29 through August 8th, 2021

Max & Louie Productions joyfully announces its “Comeback” with the St. Louis premiere of “Tiny Beautiful Things” based on the New York Times bestseller, “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar” by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Oscar nominee, Nia Vardalos, playing at The Grandel Theatre July 29-August 8,2021.

“We are so pleased to reopen safely, and welcome back St. Louis audiences with a powerful, dynamic, and empathetic play about words and the power of words to connect with one another. It’s the kind of connection that we have had to be extremely grateful for this past year,” said Stellie Siteman, Producing Artistic Director of Max & Louie Productions.

When life is hard, turn to Sugar. “Tiny Beautiful Things” follows Sugar, an online advice columnist who uses her personal experiences to help the real-life readers who pour their hearts out to her. Rich with humor, insight, compassion and absolute honesty, “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 that have no answers.


Contains some strong language and adult content.


“Tiny Beautiful Things” will be performed without intermission and runs approximately 80 minutes.

Print Interviews

STL Jewish Light interview with Sydnie Grosberg Ronga, July 25, 2021
Lived advice from the heart animates ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’

Gazzelle interview with Cheryl Strayed, July 19, 2021
Cheryl Strayed: Turning Tragedy into Tiny Beautiful Things

St Louis Magazine interview with Cheryl Strayed, July 14, 2021
Cheryl Strayed talks ‘Tiny Beautiful Things,’ advice columns, and radical empathy

Radio Interviews

Lynn & Carl along with special guest, Stellie Siteman – Artistic Director of Max and Louie Productions, discuss her new show Tiny Beautiful Things on PopLifeSTL.com Presents.

KTRS interviewer Ray Hartmann speaks with actors Greg Johnston and Wendy Renee Greenwood starring in “Tiny Beautiful Things”


Critics Pick! “Tiny Beautiful Things” is about the endangered art of listening to-and really hearing and responding to-other people… it works beautifully as a sustained theatrical exercise in empathy.” – The New York Times

“…a show that aims to open our eyes to the tiny moments when the world surprises us with care.” – New York Magazine

“Heart-tugging and emotionally rewarding.” – The Huffington Post

“… a theatrical hug in turbulent times” – Variety


“Tiny Beautiful Things” will run at the Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis, Missouri 63108. The dates of the production are July 29-August 8,2021. Tickets are on sale at metrotix.com or by phone at (314) 534-1111 – Hours 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday-Sunday. Tickets are priced from $25.00 – $300.00 (for a booth of 6).

**Max & Louie Productions has received its Missouri ArtSafe certification. To ensure that we may create safely, present safely, and attend safely we pledge to Covid-19 safe protocols which patrons are encouraged to view at Max & Louie Productions’ website at www.maxandlouie.com.


Cheryl Strayed


Nia Vardalos


Sydnie Grosberg Ronga


Michelle Hand – Sugar
Wendy Renee Greenwood – Letter Writer 2
Greg Johnston – Letter Writer 1
Abraham Shaw – Letter Writer 3

Production Staff

Emily Ann FluchelStage Manager
Rachel DeNoyerAssistant Stage Manager
Lexie GodefroidCovid-19 Safety Officer
Dunsi DaiScenic Designer
Patrick HuberLighting Designer
Phillip EvansSound Designer/Audio Engineer
Eileen EngelCostume Designer
Katie OrrProps Designer/Scenic Painter
Zak MetalskyMaster Electrician
Mason HagartyFirst Electrician
Isabelle ScheibeTechnical Director
Patrice J. NelmsAssistant Technical Director / Wardrobe Supervisor
Taylor GruenlohHouse & Box Office Manager
Kevin BowmanProduction Manager

Play Times and Venue

July 29 7:30pm
Opening Night
July 30 8:00pm
Closing Day
August 8 2:00pm

The Grandel Theatre
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis, Missouri 63108

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