Monday, March 06, 2017

Meet the Magnolias!

There's something about "Steel Magnolias" that really moves people. Maybe it's the story of the young woman who fights to "have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special," despite her deadly struggle with diabetes. Maybe it's the generations of women who surround her and worry about her, who strive to keep the world spinning with laughter and love in spite of personal tragedies. Maybe it's all of the above!

I am so incredibly honored to be opening the play by Robert Harling (based on the life of his sister and mother) this Friday at 8 PM in NYC!

This production by Stomping Ground Theatre Company is really magical, and I am amazed at all the work they've put into it. More and more details are introduced daily, and the set is incredible! Since the play takes place in Truvy's beauty salon, and I'm playing Truvy, it truly feels like my stomping ground. :) I embrace it every day!

And the ladies in the cast! Oh! There is something so wondrous about these women I'm working with! There is just so much love! It's a pleasure to go to work every day! :)

I can't wait for you to Meet the Magnolias!

I'm playing Truvy. Katie Donnelly is fabulously funny and touching as Annelle. Rebecca Hoodwin is a force of nature whom we've dubbed, "Hurricane Oiser." Katherine Alt Keener is heart-breaking as M'Lynn. From the first table read, none of us have been able to stop crying when we come to the final scene. Anna Laura Strider, a former Miss Alabama, brings so much fire to Shelby, she outshines Julia Roberts in my opinion! And Joan Valentina as Clairee is pure class! I am honored to share the stage with them and bring this story to life!

We would be nowhere without our fearless director, Angela Shultz (below right), and sensational stage manager, Melissa Harlow (below left)

These ladies are the co-founders of Stomping Ground Theatre Company, and they put the power in POWERHOUSE!

Steel Magnolias runs Friday through Sundays March 10-12 and 17-19 at 8 PM at 410 W. 40th Street.

Tickets are $18, a portion of which goes to Living Well, a life skills empowerment program at Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries for women who've experienced trauma. 

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