Former Victory Gardens Theater Artistic Director Ken-Matt Martin will direct Baltimore Center Stage's spring production of Tiny Beautiful Things, which will begin performances at the Maryland venue March 9, 2023. Martin replaces the previously announced director, Stori Ayers.
Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed, the play is adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos and co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, Tony-winning director Thomas Kail, and Vardalos.
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"It is truly an honor to welcome Ken-Matt to BCS—he and I fully support Stori as she pursues a new artistic opportunity that is very close to her heart,” says BCS Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra. “As a leader who actively uses theatre as a catalyst for social change, Ken-Matt is a values-driven collaborator who aligns with our company’s mission. I am honored to call him a colleague and a friend, and I cannot wait to see his approach with Nia Vardalos’ adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s heartwarming book.”
“I am so excited to be directing this beautiful exploration of life, love, grief, and humanity,” adds Martin. “I am also thrilled to be making my BCS debut and to contribute to this season of great plays by bringing Tiny Beautiful Things to Baltimore audiences."
Tiny Beautiful Things, about an online dating columnist helping others navigate love and loss, debuted at Off-Broadway's Public Theater in 2016 in a sold-out run starring Vardalos.
Performances will continue through April 2. Casting and additional creative team members will be announced at a later date.