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Steel Magnolias 2009 Last Modified: Thursday, October 08, 2009
Steel Magnolias
by Robert Harling
Directed by Andrea Pierkowski
July 2009


From the Dramatists Play Service:

The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

A first play which met with immediate critical and popular acceptance in its premier production by New York's WPA Theatre. Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.

"Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogue…The play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving." —NY Daily News.

"…a skillfully crafted, lovingly evoked picture of eccentricity in the small-town South…Robert Harling is a new voice in the theatre and the qualities of STEEL MAGNOLIAS suggest he may be an important one." —Drama-Logue.

"…suffused with humor and tinged with tragedy." —NY Post.

Published by Dramatists Play Service.

Danelle Duplantis as Truvy Twyla Troutman as Annelle

Cate Martin as Claire
In order of appearance
Role Actor
Truvy: Danelle Duplantis
Annelle: Twyla Troutman
Claire: Cate Martin
Shelby: Liz Turner
M'Lynn: Emily Parker
Ouiser: Patsy Slezak
Our Crew
Producer: Gene Forsyth
Director: Andrea Pierkowski
Props: Andrea Pierkowski
Cae Martin
Seamstress: Sue Adcock
Sound: Tim Cooper
Set Design/Decorator: Andrea Pierkowski
Set Construction: Walter Dodson
Lights: Walter Dodson
Wallpaper Installers: Mark Britton
Walter Dodson
Backstage Assistant: Retha Johnson
Technical Assistant: Tom Cooper
Set Painters: Tim Cooper
Haley Holmes
Danelle Duplantis
Cate Martin
Andrea Pierkowski
Publicity: Jackie Stuelke
Gene Forsyth
Programs: Bill and Barbara White
Program Printing: Alliance Business Systems
Office: Margaret Forsyth
Peggy Socias
Graphic Arts: Neil Richardson
Newsletter: Ann Wilson
Margaret Forsyth
House Manager: Walter Dodson
Photography: Renee Burns
Webmaster: John Lukas
Liz Turner as Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie Emily Parker as M'Lynn Patsy Slezak as Ouiser Boudreaux Magician Maxell Blade


Our Director would like to extend a Special Thank You to Tracy at Lady Beautiful for the bounty of items she contributed to this show.

A Big Hug to:

Arlington Salon
Garland County Humane Society
Habitat Restore Hot Springs
The Butterfly
Maxwell Blade
Tap Masters
Katy Yerina
Haley Holmes
Hot Springs Beauty College
Mary's Nails Hot Springs
Mark Britton

Hot Springs Village Players
Tom Cooper
Alliance Business Machines
Hot Springy Dingy
Pocket Theatre Board of Directors
The Sentinel-Record
Hot Springs Village Voice
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette
The Hot Springs Advertising & Promotion Commission
KZNG 1340 AM Hot Springs News/Talk Radio
KVRE 92.9 FM Hot Springs Village Nostalgia Radio
Jerry Jones

Our sincere apology to all those whom we inadvertantly omitted.

A special thanks to ALL of those who have worked so hard to make Pocket Theatre the success it is!!