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STEEL MAGNOLIAS focuses on the camaraderie of six Southern women who talk, gossip, needle and harangue each other through the best of times- and comfort and repair one another through the worst. The play is alternately hilarious and touching with six female characters that are delicate as magnolias yet as strong as steel.

The play opens on Shelby's wedding day to fiance Jackson in the fictional northwestern Louisian parish of Chinquapin at Truvy’s in-home beauty parlour where the women regularly gather. It covers events over the next three years with Shelby's Type 1 diabetes and how the women interact at times with conflict but in the end resolved friends: Shelby's decision to have a child despite the complication that can be with the condition, Clairee's friendship with the curmudgeon Ouiser; Annelle's transformation from a shy, anxious newcomer in town to a good-time girl then repentant revival-tent Christian; and Truvy's relationships with the men in her family. Although the main storyline involves Shelby, her mother M'Lynn, and Shelby's medical battles, the underlying group-friendship among all six women is prominent throughout the drama.

Robert Harling was inspired to write his first play after his sister Susan died of complications from diabetes. “Steel Magnolias” premiered off-Broadway at the WPA Theater in 1987, then quickly transferred to the Lucille Lortel Theater and became an instant sensation, running for three years and spawning a hit movie.



steel magnolias
steel magnolias

May 28th - June 13th:

  • Thursday, May 28th, June 4th and 11th, 7:30 PM
  • Friday, May 29th, June 5th and 12th, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 30th, June 6th and 13th, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, June 6th, 2 PM (Matinee)

Tickets are $17.50 Adults; $14.00 for Seniors & Students.
Thursday is "pay what you can"