Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University Theatre will present “Tiny Beautiful Things” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Neese-Gray Theatre in the Garvey Fine Arts Center on the Washburn University campus. “Tiny Beautiful Things” is a play based on the book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail and Nia Vardalos. The play contains strong language and adult themes.           

     The play follows a new advice columnist who must struggle with her new role in answering the joys and pains found in the letters sent to her. The play features four actors playing many characters.  Washburn students Madeline Dumler, Ace Braden, Erin Watts and Jake Andersen are featured in the show. The show is directed by Barbara Dingman.

     Dingman, says "I am having a great time. The cast is wonderful and so hard working. I believe we are creating a wise and beautiful show full of wit and sincere emotion. It’s a thrilling project."

     “Tiny Beautiful Things” originally opened in November 2022 but the show had to be postponed; these performances will complete the run of the show.   

     “We’re so very glad to be able to bring this show back to our stage,” said Julie Noonan, Washburn University theatre professor. “The students are doing a wonderful job with a powerful show.”

     Tickets may be reserved at or at the Washburn Theatre Box Office prior to performances. Tickets are a suggested $10 donation for general seating.  All donations go toward Washburn theatre scholarships. For more details check out the Washburn University Theatre website at

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For further information, contact:

Joy Bailes

Assistant Director of Public Relations

Office: 785-670-2153

Cell: 785-230-1648



Julie Noonan

Washburn University Theatre

Office: 785-670-2245


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