Steel Magnolias

directed by LISA ROTHE

McGuire Proscenium Stage

A tenderhearted favorite

Truvy’s salon is Chinquapin, Louisiana’s go-to place for a beauty fix with a hearty side of gossip. Along with her overeager assistant Annelle, Truvy pampers her small-town clients with hairdos, manicures and all kinds of unsolicited advice. Anybody who’s anybody is a regular: There’s the doting M’Lynn and her soon-to-be-married daughter Shelby, the moody Ouiser and the well-to-do widow Clairee. Through witty banter and wisecracks, this hodgepodge group of women form friendships as strong as steel, which they are forced to lean on when tragedy strikes.

Three things to know

  • Steel Magnolias was a play before it was a movie. After its off-Broadway premiere in 1987, playwright Robert Harling wrote the screenplay for the 1989 film starring Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts.
  • Harling based Steel Magnolias on the life of his sister and their experience growing up in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
  • Inspired by the play’s all-female cast, our production features a female director and an all-female design team.

Ticket prices

Prices range from $25 to $79.

Pro tip: Preview performances start at $15 (October 26–31). Hurry, these go quickly! 

Detailed pricing

Run time

Approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes (including intermission)

Content advisory

This production contains gunshot sound effects. 

Venue info

Steel Magnolias will take place on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 


ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Play guide 

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In the news


“This is a show that everyone should see.”

Read the full Star Tribune review. 


“[Lisa] Rothe's ensemble of actors delight in the rich quips and stand resolute through the despair.”

Read the full City Pages review. 


"A salon is more than a workplace. It's a community."

Read the full Star Tribune article featuring our community partner, Beauty Lounge.



Truvy says there’s no such thing as natural beauty. But knowing this cast, we (politely) disagree.


In STEEL MAGNOLIAS there are too many memorable moments and witty wisecracks to count. Here’s a small sampling of our favorite one-liners.


Austene Van and Amy Van Nostrand in Steel Magnolias. Photo by Dan Norman. 

Nicole King, Austene Van and Amy Van Nostrand in Steel Magnolias. Photo by Dan Norman. 

The cast of Steel Magnolias. Photo by Dan Norman. 

Amy Van Nostrand, Adelin Phelps, Austene Van and Nicole King in Steel Magnolias. Photo by Dan Norman. 

Melissa Maxwell and Nicole King in Steel Magnolias. Photo by Dan Norman. 



Nicole King


Melissa Maxwell


Adelin Phelps


Amy Van Nostrand


Austene Van


Sally Wingert


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Robert Harling


Lisa Rothe


Narelle Sissons

Scenic Designer

Kara Harmon

Costume Designer

Cat Tate Starmer

Lighting Designer

Jane Shaw

Sound Designer

Carla Steen

Resident Dramaturg

Jill Walmsley Zager

Resident Voice Coach

Jason Clusman

Stage Manager

Katie Hawkinson

Assistant Stage Manager

Jamie J. Kranz

Assistant Stage Manager

Jennifer Liestman

Resident Casting Director

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