BTE resumes live performances at Greenwood Friends School May 21st – June 6th

Bloomsburg – Starting May 21st, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble resumes its live performances since taking an in-person hiatus that began unexpectedly last March. The troupe will present Tiny Beautiful Things, based upon the bestseller by Cheryl Strayed (“Wild”) and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”). BTE will be in residence at Greenwood Friends School in an open air venue with limited seating. About the play:

A perfect balm for a case of the lonelies, Tiny Beautiful Things follows an advice columnist, relating her experiences with advice-seekers from all walks of life. Sugar fields tough questions covering some serious subjects, prompting her to confront her own personal fears, hopes, and traumas. The whole Ensemble is on hand to tell these stories about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken and finding the courage to take on the questions that have no answers. Tissues recommended.

The production is directed by Andrew Hubatsek and Michael Yerges, and features Amy Rene Byrne as “Sugar.” Elizabeth Dowd, James Goode, Daniel Roth, and Eric Wunsch play the various characters asking Sugar’s advice. The production will feature props by A’nie Kirchner, costumes by Thom Sirkott, and sound design by Kayti Golomb.

Tiny Beautiful Things marks the first time BTE has taken a mainstage play to Greenwood Friends School, though the company is no stranger to off-site productions. Since getting its start in the Central Columbia Middle School cafetorium in 1978, BTE has performed “site-specific” theatre regularly throughout its 43-year history. The troupe will return to its home, The Alvina Krause Theatre, after a spring and summer of special outdoor events. “We are doing everything we can to ensure the ongoing comfort and safety of our audiences, and that means waiting just a little longer to get back inside,” says BTE Managing Director, Jon White-Spunner.

Though the venue is different, the play will be no less compelling. Cheryl Strayed’s book, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, was featured on the New York Times Best Seller list, and was spun off into several popular advice podcasts. The stage adaptation, by Nia Vardalos, premiered at New York’s The Public Theater in 2016, and has won audiences nationwide in dozens of regional productions since.

Tiny Beautiful Things runs for three weekends, starting Friday May 21st. It plays Fridays through Sundays starting at 6:30pm and concludes before sunset. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are available from the BTE website, www.bte.org , or by calling the BTE Box Office at 570-784-8181. Don’t hesitate to leave a message.

Please be advised: Tiny Beautiful Things is meant for an audience of adults, and discusses themes of depression, drug abuse, sexual assault and physical abuse.

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