June 12 - 23, 2018
By Robert Harling
Set in Louisiana in the 1980s, Steel Magnolias is equal parts hilarious and heartwarming. At Truvy’s beauty shop, six southern ladies gather each week to chat and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are about to be tested when M’Lynn and her daughter Shelby face a life-changing crisis. Infused with heart and humor, Steel Magnolias is a hilarious story that touches on love, loss, and enduring friendship.
“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
Age recommendation: Ten and up (There is no official rating system for live theatre. We invite you to use your own judgment.)
Run Time: 1 hours and 50 minutes including one intermission
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AMY BODNAR (Truvy) is thrilled to return to Cape Playhouse where she literally lit up the stage last summer as Electra in Gypsy. She also worked with director Pam Hunt at the Cape Playhouse playing Bethany, et al in As Bees in Honey Drown. She comes to The Playhouse directly from back to back productions of Mamma Mia, first as Donna, then as Tanya. She has starred in musicals and plays on and off-Broadway, in national tours and regional theaters across the country. Her first film, The Mustard Seed debuted at the Soho Film festival last summer. Visit AmyBodnar.com for more information.
JOY FRANZ (Clariee) Joy Franz is thrilled to be back at the beautiful historical Cape Playhouse. She just finished productions of Triumph of Love at BRT. Broadway/Tours: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Into the Woods (Original, Revival, PBS); A Little Night Music, Company (London), Pippin, Musical Chairs, Open Admissions, Sweet Charity, Lysistrata, Bitter Tears. Off-Broadway: ‘night Mother, Threepenny Opera, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Avow, Fair Game, Brutality of Fact, Assassins (Original Cast), All My Sons, Tom Foolery, I Can’t Keep Running in Place, Blood Wedding. Recent regional productions include Lost in Yonkers, Other Desert Cities, The Glass Menagerie, Driving Miss Daisy, Steel Magnolias, and Four Quartets. TV/Film: “Allegiance,” “The Carrie Diaries,” “Law & Order,” “Central Park West,” (recurring) “Under Red Lantern,” “No Picnic for Penny.” NEXT: The National Tour of Anastasia as the Dowager Empress. She’s a Proud member of Actors Equity and very grateful.
JILLIAN LOUIS (Annelle) is delighted to be at The Cape Playhouse! Broadway: It Shoulda Been You. Off-Broadway: Soul Doctor. Tour: Cheers (Diane); NYC/ Regional: Walnut Street/Tour: Glass Menagerie, Ars Nova, Theatre for the New City, American Theatre Group, NY Musical Festival (2x performance award winner), The York, Symphony Space, The Prince, North Shore MT, Denver Center, Triad Stage, Florida Rep, St. Louis Rep, many more. TV/film: “Law & Order SVU,” “Show Me A Hero,” “Wallflowers,” “Mount Joy, Louie.” Upcoming solo shows, concert dates and more info: JillianLouis.com IG: @JillianLouski FB: @JillianLouisArtist
JUDY KUHN (M’Lynn) is a four-time Tony Award nominee whose work on Broadway includes the recent revival of Fiddler on the Roof; Fun Home (Tony & Drama League Award Nominations); the Roundabout’s 1993 revival of She Loves Me (Tony Nomination); Two Shakespearean Actors (LCT); Chess (Tony & Drama Desk Nominations); Les Miserables (Tony & Drama Desk Nominations); Rags (Drama Desk Nomination), and The Mystery ofEdwin Drood (original cast). Off-Broadway & Regional includes: Fun Home at the Public Theater (Lucille Lortell Award); The Cradle Will Rock (City Center); Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s Passion at CSC (Drama League Award Nomination); the U.S. premiere of Sunset Boulevard (Los Angeles) Three Sisters (Intiman Theatre), Eli’s Comin’ (Obie Award/Vineyard Theatre), The Ballad of Little Jo at Steppenwolf (Jeff Award Nomination). Film /TV includes: Disney’s Pocahontas, Enchanted, “Elementary,” “Hope & Faith,” “Law & Order.” Judy has performed on concert stages around the world including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall in London and has recorded four solo CDs most recently Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel (PS Classics).
MARY TESTA (Ouiser) The Legend of Off-Broadway Award, Two Tony nominations, two Lucille Lortel nominations, five Drama Desk nominations, two Drama League nominations, two Outer Critics Circle nominations, an Obie Award, and a special Drama Desk award celebrating Queen of the Mist and ‘Three Decades of Outstanding Work.’ Broadway: Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Xanadu, Chicago, 42nd St, Marie Christine, On the Town, Forum, etc. Recent Off-Broadway: The Portuguese Kid, The Government Inspector, Orange Julius, First Daughter Suite, Queen of the Mist, A New Brain, See What I Wanna See, etc. Film: The Mother (short), Big Stone Gap, Eat Pray Love, The Bounty Hunter, etc. Recent Television: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (recurring), “Bull,” “SMILF,” “Two Broke Girls,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “Whoopi.” Mary’s album with Michael Starobin, Have Faith, is available now.
LAURIE VELDHEER (Shelby) is absolutely thrilled to be telling this story of strong amazing women! Cape Playhouse debut! Broadway: Mamma Mia (Sophie Sheridan); Newsies (Hannah/Smalls, u/s Katherine Plumber) OBC. National Tours: Fiasco Theater’s Production of Into The Woods (Cinderella/Granny); Hairspray (Brenda; u/s Tracy and Penny). Regional Theatre: Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Paper Mill Playhouse and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Newsies at the Paper Mill Playhouse (Hannah/Smalls, u/s Katherine); Hairspray at the Paper Mill Playhouse (Brenda); A Little Night Music at ACT (Anne Egerman); Hero The Musical at the Asolo Rep (Jane Foster); Next to Normal at the Milwaukee Rep (Natalie). BFA from Penn State University! All glory to God, special thanks to DGRW, and love and gratitude to my incredible family and friends. I have dreamed of being in this beautiful and powerful play for as long as I can remember, and I am honored to be sharing it with you today.
Pamela Hunt (Director) is delighted to return to the Cape Playhouse where she has directed sixteen plays and nine musicals. Favorite plays are The Mousetrap, As Bees In Honey Drown, Communicating Doors – Rue McClanahan, Moon Over Buffalo– Gavin Macleod, Millicent Martin and Jane Connell, the premiere of Don’t Dress For Dinner, Mass Appeal– Malachy McCourt, The Graduate, Born Yesterday. Favorite musicals Putting It Together, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Radio Gals-Dody Goodman, and Grey Gardens. Pamela was nominated for the 2004 Drama Desk award for outstanding direction of a musical for The Musical of Musicals which played two years at the York Theatre and Dodger Spaces. She also received the Kevin Kline award for this show at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Her production of Carnival won the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award for best revival. Regional theaters include: Actors Theatre of Louisville, ACT, Alabama Shakespeare, Asolo , Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, GEVA, Laguna Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep., Ordway, Papermill Playhouse, Pioneer, The Prince, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Stock productions: Westport and Ogunquit Playhouses, Sacramento CLO, TUTS Atlanta and the MUNY in St. Louis. Current productions include Born Yesterday, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and The Musical of Musicals, York Theatre benefit. Pam is past co-president of The League of Professional Theatre Women.
Daniel Whiting (Set Designer) – This is Daniel Whiting’s second design for the Cape Playhouse, he first design was Murder For Two in the 2017 season. Daniel is a technical director, production manager, artistic director, set designer, and production designer based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked as the Technical Director for Utah Valley University’s Theater Program for four years, and during that time, he won national recognition for his scenic design and technical direction of Next to Normal and Vincent in Brixton respectively. He has worked with Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts, Utah Reparatory Theater Company, The Neil Simon Festival, The Egyptian Theater, The Sundance Eccles Theater, Radical Hospitality Company, Waterford Theater, The Echo Theater Company, The Covey Theater Center, Sackerson Theater Company, The Grassroots Shakespeare Company, The Cape Playhouse, BYU TV, ABC, AMC, and HBO. He is a founding member and the Artistic Director of the Grassroots Shakespeare Company which is Utah’s leading scholarly Shakespeare studies organization and touring theater company. He is a part owner and the Resident Production Manager and Scenic designer of Sackerson Theater Company.
David Toser (Costume Designer) – David Toser, costume designer has worked extensively on and off-Broadway as well as for regional theatres and TV. His recent work has included Miss Bennet at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Home Place at Irish Repertory Theatre, and TACT’s Three Wise Guys in NYC. He has, for decades been the costume designer/stylist for the Memorial Day and Capitol Fourth TV broadcasts on PBS from DC. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama.
Jaron Kent Hermansen (Lighting Designer) – Regional: Art, RED, The Foreigner, Murder for Two (The Cape Playhouse). The Music Man, Wizard of Oz, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Fiddler on the Roof (Sundance). Eleemosynary (The Brooks, CA). The King’s Men, Private Ear, Hedda Gabler, The Weird Play (Rose Wagner, UT). Bride of Frankenstein, Sonder, A Streetcar Named Desire (Found Spaces, UT) What the Moon Saw (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland). Jaron sits on the Board of Directors for the United States Institute of Theater Technology Intermountain Desert Region & is a lecturer at Utah Valley University. Jaron is a nominee of the USITT Young Professionals Rising Star award.
Joseph Palermo (Sound Designer) is a Chicago based Sound Designer and Digital Technologist who is quite pleased to be here for your listening pleasure. He’s been recognized at the Cannes Film Festival, the Chicago Merrit Awards and by the University of Glasgow for excellence in Design Concepts. Besides his work at The Cape Playhouse he’s also working on his next big project, a production of The Polar Express in collaboration with Amtrak and Warner Brothers, on an actual running train. His most recent creative obsessions include recording things in an underwater environment, and electronically amplifying the sounds of the body. Please silence your cell phone and enjoy the show.