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! 

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Run time

Approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes (including intermission)

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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Related events

Hair Salon – A free community event

Monday, November 11
7:30–9:30 p.m.
McGuire Proscenium Stage

Truvy knows the power of a good beauty routine: “It takes some effort to look like this.” Inspired by the world of Steel Magnolias, the Guthrie invites you to an evening of community conversation that explores hair as a historical, cultural and personal-yet-universal human obsession. But this is not your typical panel discussion: We’ll set up shop on the Steel Magnolias set with local hair experts and members of the drag community who will share stories, demonstrate techniques and celebrate all things hair and beauty.

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Post-play discussions

Our community partnerships for Steel Magnolias focus on themes of hair, salons, survivorship and human rights. Truvy’s salon is a gathering place for the women in the neighborhood, and it quickly becomes a refuge as they move through the joys and sorrows of life together. This series of post-play discussions will celebrate those in the Twin Cities community who live these themes every day, including special guests from Alpha Kappa Alpha, The Advocates for Human Rights, The Aliveness Project, Curl Power Salon and Beauty Lounge Minneapolis.



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

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