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: Thirteen and up;
Run Time: 1 hours and 50 minutes including one intermission
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, MA). The Music Man, Wizard of Oz, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Fiddler on the Roof (Sundance Eccles Theater, UT). 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.