FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Deaf Austin Theatre Presents: Tiny Beautiful Things

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Dr. Brian A. Cheslik, Artistic Director of Deaf Austin Theatre

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AUSTIN (April 8, 2024) – Deaf Austin Theatre (DAT) announces the cast and creative team for Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed (known for her memoir, Wild), adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos. Produced in both American Sign Language with spoken English and supertitles.

Brian A. Cheslik

Brian A. Cheslik

Tiny Beautiful Things follows the relationships between an anonymous advice columnist named Sugar and the many real-life readers who pour out their hearts to her. Academy Award nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) adapts Strayed’s book into an enrapturing and uplifting play that surges with emotion and is called by Variety “a theatrical hug in turbulent times.” Tiny Beautiful Things is about reaching when you’re stuck, recovering when you’re broken, and finding the courage to ask the questions that are hardest to answer. Tissues recommended. Contains strong language and adult content.

Deaf Austin Theatre will be performing Tiny Beautiful Things at Sterling Stage Austin, a new performing arts venue in Austin, formerly known as Sterling Event Center, located at 6134 E Us 290 Service Rd. Tiny Beautiful Things will be the premiere unveiling event of this newly renovated black box theater. (

(Cast L-R) Leila Hanaumi, Russell Harvard*, Bethany Borsotti, Tyler James Fortson

(Cast L-R) Leila Hanaumi, Russell Harvard*, Bethany Borsotti, Tyler James Fortson

Tiny Beautiful Things will run from May 10 to 25, 2024, with one online streaming performance on May 26, 2024. Tickets will be on sale, starting at $25.00, and can be purchased online at DAT web site. Running time: One hour and 20 minutes. There is no intermission.

The cast includes Leila Hanaumi (Sugar), known for ASL interpreting Barbie on HBOMAX and DAT’s The Laramie Project, Russell Harvard* (Letter Writer 1), known for Mr. Wrench in FX’s Fargo and the film There Will be Blood, Bethany Borsotti (Letter Writer 2), known for DAT’s Love, Loss & What I Wore and Tyler James Fortson (Letter Writer 3), known for his performance as Benny in Deaf Broadway’s RENT at Lincoln Center.

Directed by Brian Cheslik** (R&H’s Cinderella with ZACH Theatre ‘23 and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma ‘24), with ASL Consultant Sandra Mae Frank* from NBC’s New Amsterdam. Voice acting provided by Ashlea Hayes, known for her work in DAT’s The Laramie Project and stage managed by John Cartwright II. The dynamic production includes a set designed by Cheyenne Turner, lighting designed by Jacqueline Sindelar, sound by Rodd Simonsen, and projections by Kelsey Moringy.

Funding for Tiny Beautiful Things is provided by the City of Austin Economic Division.

  • denotes members of Actors Equity Association (AEA)
    **denotes members of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC)

OPENS ON Friday, May 10, 2024


Tickets, starting at $25, can be purchased online:


VIRTUAL LIVE STREAM Sunday, May 26, 2024



To learn more about Deaf Austin Theatre’s production of Tiny Beautiful Things, please visit

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As a non-profit organization, Deaf Austin Theatre’s purpose is to enrich, inspire, educate, create and entertain the Austin community and beyond by using American Sign Language (ASL) within all of our theatrical productions that range from classics to new works. We strive to impact our community, our audience members, and to create an accessible stage for all future artists. Deaf Austin Theatre strives to create a world where theatre is accessible to everyone.
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