This production was staged as part of our 2014/15 Season

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

October 22 to November 9, 2014 | On the Alliance Stage

Ages 12+

The quintessential story of family, friendship, and steely Southern sisterhood.

The celebrated Southern classic of family and friendship, this is the story of a group of strong and beautiful women who cluster around Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in a small Louisiana parish. The story centers on Shelby, who moves from wedding to childbirth to medical complications with a love of life and a willingness to face its possibilities bravely. Popularly adapted for the screen, see the play that started it all. Steel Magnolias is directed by legendary two-time Tony Award winner Judith Ivey (SteamingHurlyburlyDesigning Women).

Cast & Crew


  • Clairee
    Broadway: Good People, All My Sons, Assassins, Titanic, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Off-Broadway: Comedy of Errors, The Great God Pan... read more »
  • M'Lynn
    New York and Off-Broadway: Murder at the Rutherford House, Elizabeth Rex The Musical and Stage Door. Regional Theatre: Just Outside Redemption, Theatre en Bloc (Austin... read more »
  • Radio DJ Voiceover
    David returns to the Alliance as a director, having been a frequent performer on its stages. Directing credits include Sight Unseen (Alliance); Red, Buckminster Fuller:... read more »
  • Ouiser
    Gleason has worked with Steven Soderbergh (Traffic), Nicholas Hytner (The Crucible), and the Coen Brothers (Intolerable Cruelty) to name just a few films. Her ... read more »
  • Truvy
    Most recently Tony Kushner’s newest play, IHO at Berkeley Rep. Broadway: Lucky Guy (with Tom Hanks), Six Degrees of Separation, Getting and Spending, The Gathering... read more »
  • Annelle
    Most recently Jessica in MCC's production of HAND TO GOD (Lucille Lortel nom). Little Red Riding Hood in Shakespeare in the Park's  INTO THE WOODS. Broadway... read more »
  • Shelby
    Off-Broadway: Much Ado About Nothing (DelacorteTheater), An Octoroon (Soho Rep), Love and Information (NYTW), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center),... read more »


  • Costume Design
    In addition to his film career, Joseph G. Aulisi has designed costumes for numerous noteworthy musicals and plays on Broadway. His work on McG’s Charlie... read more »
  • Playwright
    Born in Dothan, Ala., Robert lived in several Southern towns —including Madison, Ga. — before his family settled in Louisiana when he was 12. Upon graduation... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    Liz always enjoys her work at the Alliance. Her previous designs include Ethel; The C.A. Lyons Project; Steel Magnolias; In Love & Warcraft; The Whipping... read more »
  • Sound Design
    Kendall has designed and composed original scores for Atlanta theaters including Georgia Shakespeare, Alliance Theatre, Theatre in the Square, Georgia Ensemble Theatre,... read more »
  • Set Design
    Set designs for plays and musicals include Seascape, the Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, Awake and Sing, Ah, Wilderness (originally designed for the Yale... read more »


  • Director
    Judith Ivey is the recipient of the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for her portrayals in Steaming and Hurlyburly, the Obie Award for her performance in The... read more »

Audience Feedback


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