Redhouse Will Open Season with STEEL MAGNOLIAS
Redhouse will kick off its season with Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, which runs from September 20-30, 2018 at its theater complex at City Center. Steel Magnolias celebrates the close-knit Southern belles who frequent Truvy's Beauty Salon. Amid cuts, curls and quick wit, these lovable women bond together through laughter and tears to cope with good times and bad. With its mix of quirky humor and touching sentimentality, Steel Magnolias ultimately reveals the incredible healing power of love, friendship, and laughing until you cry. Enjoy the company of these wildly colorful and lovable women as they bond together to cope with good times and bad.
The play follows the lives of six women as they share their personal triumphs, tragedies, beauty tips, recipes and more in Truvy's Beauty Salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana. Through their regular discussions of scandalous village gossip and the friendly banter of family crises, six distinctly different women create a unique bond of friendship and sisterhood. As they make their way over life's many hurdles together, they find comfort (and a fair amount of verbal ribbing) in one another. These women can be as delicate as the magnolia flower, but - when needed - as tough as steel.
Robert Harling wrote the play Steel Magnolias soon after his sister died at 33 years of age in 1985. She left behind her husband and their son, after years of fighting diabetes. Harling wrote it all down, creating characters based on his sister, mother and other women in his Louisiana hometown. What began as a short story became a healing memoir grew into the now beloved play. A film version was released in 1989 with an all-star cast including Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and Sally Field.
Redhouse has once again put together an amazing cast of debut artists along with those familiar to Redhouse audiences to perform in its season opening production. Redhouse favorite Caroline Strang returns to the Redhouse stage as Annelle (I Do, I Do A Musical About Marriage), along with Marguerite Mitchell (70 Scenes of Halloween, Six Degrees of Separation), Karis Wiggins as Clairee (Noises Off), and Magdalyn Donnelly as Truvy (Bombitty of Errors). Making their MainStage debuts at Redhouse are Laura Stisser as M'Lynn, and Marcia Mele as Ouiser.
Temar Underwood returns to Redhouse where he will make his MainStage directorial debut. He recently directed Redhouse's production of The Snow Queen in partnership with ARC of Onondaga. Previously Underwood has performed several times at Redhouse, most recently in Beast in Beauty and Dreamgirls.
Other production crew include Technical Director Joshua Bergman, Lighting Designer Margaret Peebles, Set Design by Shane Cinal, Sound Design by Anthony Vadala, Costume Designer Raven Ong and Stage Manager Cynthia Reid.
Steel Magnolias runs from September 20th-30th at the new Redhouse at City Center located at 400. South Salina Street. On site, paid parking is available in the attached garage on Clinton Street. For tickets and information on Steel Magnolias, call the Redhouse Arts Center box office at (315) 362-2785 or visit www.theredhouse.org.