It started as an online advice column. Author Cheryl Strayed, who wrote the bestselling novel Wild about her trek across the Pacific Coast Trail, spent several years answering anonymous letters under the pseudonym “Sugar.” Letters about grief, loss, addiction, illness, and other kinds of pain, which Strayed answered with what the Washington Post called “a bracing empathy.” Now, Tiny Beautiful Things is a stage play starring Nia Vardalos, the writer and actress best known for My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Contributing reporter Tim Greiving visited Vardalos at the Pasadena Playhouse, where she was rehearsing the play after a successful run in New York.
From the Central Coast to San Diego, from Santa Monica to Palm Springs, there are fascinating people creating incredible art and performances. KUSC will be covering those experiences on Arts Alive. And when you’re in the mood for a little more, like a longer version of an interview, more Arts Alive coverage is available online at kusc.org/artsalive.