Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1987
Genres
Drama, Comedy
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
chinquapin, louisiana
Cast Size
small
Ideal For
ensemble cast, regional, amateur/community, high school
Casting Notes:
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, young adult, mature adult characters

Synopsis

Truvy Jones runs a successful beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies in the neighborhood have a standing Saturday appointment. Along with her anxious and eager assistant, Annelle, Truvy styles the hair of many of the women about town: wealthy widow and former first lady of Chinquapin, Clairee Belcher, local curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years”), intelligent and compassionate career woman M’Lynn, and her daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town. Shelby’s engagement is the talk of the town, but the joy and excitement of her wedding quickly turn to concern as she faces a risky pregnancy and a myriad of health complications. Eventually, when Shelby dies from complications related to her diabetes, M’Lynn has to deal with the most difficult of life’s challenges: the loss of one’s only child. As the women of Chinquapin makes their ways over life’s many hurdles together, they find comfort (and a fair amount of verbal ribbing) in one another. “You have no idea how wonderful you are,” M’Lynn tells the ladies at the end of the play. Truvy responds, with a smile, “Of course we do.”


Characters

Female

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken



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