The cast of Steel Magnolias will feature television, film and theater actresses including:
Patti Yasutake (Clairee), has a 30 year career in television and film including as a regular in the Star Trek film and television universe. Television guest appearances have included NCIS, ER, Cold Case, Grey’s Anatomy, The Closer, and many others; Inger Tudor (M’Lynn), who has been seen in Goliath and The Social Network.
Truvy will be played by Elisa Bocanegra, whose theater performances include those for the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, and on television in Undecided and Gilmore Girls. Returning LA Theatre Works actors include Shannon Holt (Judgment at Nuremberg) as Ouiser and Cerris Morgan-Moyer (Pride & Prejudice) as Annelle. Monica McSwain will play the role of Shelby and Brian Kite will direct.
Steel Magnolias remains one of the great stories of female empowerment and resilience. The L.A. Theatre Works national tour features a diverse cast of six extraordinary women.
In each of our lives, we encounter those with whom we share an indescribable bond. These special people could be siblings, childhood pals, a college roommate, a mentor—they are the ones we’d go to any lengths to support, with whom we can disagree strongly while loving deeply. They change our lives just by being in them. Our connections with them defy the limitations of distance and time.
Within the walls of Truvy’s beauty shop, set in the deep Bayou of Louisiana, are six strong women whose lives increasingly hinge on the existence of one another. Together, they absorb the passing seasons, just like the weathered wooden structure of the salon “home” that they share. What if, like these six women, we didn’t have to go it alone? What if the comfort we’ve been searching for has always been there, right in our own backyard?
At turns both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, the L.A. Theatre Works production of Steel Magnolias reveals the strength of the human condition and our shared need for companionship. Steel Magnolias was a popular film starring Sally Fields, Dolly Parton, and Julia Roberts. The play has had multiple New York runs and performances staged around the globe. Steel Magnolias, a play full of memorable characters, is considered a tour de force for its’ female cast.
Under the leadership of Producing Director, Susan Albert Loewenberg, L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) has been the foremost radio theater company in the United States for four decades.
L.A. Theatre Works is broadcast weekly in America on public radio stations, daily in China on the Radio Beijing Network, streamed online at www.latw.org and programs are aired internationally on the BBC, CBC, and many other English language networks. LATW has single- handedly brought the finest recorded dramatic literature into the homes of millions. On the road, LATW has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theater style performances in over 300 small towns and major cities, including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington and Chicago, Beijing and Shanghai. An L.A. Theatre Works performance is immediate, spontaneous, and features a first-rate cast, live sound effects, and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting. This theater… is an event.