April 9 - 18
Directed by Layla Tenney
By Robert Harling
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. // 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.
"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.
CHARACTER: CAST: UNDERSTUDY:
TRUVY JONES Janelle Devin Angela Bryan
M’LYNN EATENTON Julie Archambeau Judy Stahl
SHELBY EATENTON LATCHERIE Kelsey Claire
(Shelby understudy) Makaely Green
CLAIREE BELCHER Marnie Uhl Arlene Minuskin
OUISER BOUDREAUX Shari Graham Carol Fulkerson
ANNELLE DUPUY DESOTO Amber Bosworth Makaely Green
NEED HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS?
PCA has partnered with Marriott Spring Hill Suites to assist you with hotel reservations at a discounted rate should you be travelling to Prescott from out of town and need a reliable and comfortable place to spend the night. The hotel is located within easy walking distance (one block) from PCA and very close to the heart of downtown Prescott.
As with Dinner reservations, CALL THE PCA BOX OFFICE for hotel reservations, which are available at anytime during the 2013 - 2014 Season. Currenty, the special discounted rate runs through December 2013. If the discounted rate changes, it will do so at the turn of the year and the box office will have the new informaiton.
BOX OFFICE 928-445-3286