Steel Magnolias | Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling

directed by Rick Dildine

March 21 – May 5, 2019
Octagon Stage | 2 hours, plus intermission
Recommended ages 12+

The hilarious and heartwarming story of six Southern women who gather and gossip at the local beauty parlor. With wit, warmth, and intelligence, they rise to meet whatever challenges life sends their way.

This production features a live music preshow performance.

“Before the play or the movie existed, ‘steel magnolias’ was simply a description of Southern women. It means something that appears delicate and fragile but wields unexpected strength.” – Robert Harling, playwright

For a fully immersive experience, select seats in Row T and spend the evening eavesdropping on the customers in Truvy’s beauty salon!

Seats in the Standby section are on the Octagon stage. Please note: these seats are not accessible.

Creative Team

Director — Rick Dildine

Scenic Designer — Scott C. Neale**

Costume  Designer — Olivera Gajic**

Lighting Designer — Annie Wiegand

Composer & Sound Designer — Brendan Connelly**

Wig Master/Makeup Artist — Matthew Reeves Oliver

Stage Manager — Hannah-Jean Farris

Assistant Stage Manager — Rebecca C. Monroe

Production Assistant — Catherine Ranieri

Assistant Scenic Designer — Robert Ashurst

Assistant Lighting Designer — Gifford Williams

Band — Lee Borden (Hammered Dulcimer), Lloyd Strickland (Upright Bass), Charles Walters (Guitar)

Meet the Cast

Allison Briner Dardenne

Allison Briner Dardenne


Allison Briner Dardenne returns to ASF after starring in Ring of Fire in 2013. Broadway: Bright Star, Mamma Mia! National tours: Bright Star, Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables, Titanic, White Christmas. Off Broadway: Forbidden Broadway, Listen To My Heart, Return To The Forbidden Planet, Pete ‘N’ Keely. Representative regional: The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, St. Louis Rep, plus 25 other credits. TV: The Carrie Diaries, Law and Order, SVU, All My Children, One Life To Live.

Greta Lambert

Greta Lambert


Greta Lambert has been a company member for 33 years, playing most of Shakespeare’s women, Ivy Rowe (Fair and Tender Ladies), Amanda (Glass Menagerie), Shirley Valentine, Dottie (The Furniture of Home), Truvy (Steel Magnolias), Linda (Death of a Salesman), Blanche DuBois, Hedda Gabler, Sarah Bernhardt, Eliza Dolittle. ASF directing: Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Proof, Relative Values, Beauty & the Beast, and Cinderella.

Tracey Conyer Lee

Tracey Conyer Lee


Tracey Conyer Lee Last seen in Sweat at Pittsburgh Public; recent work includes four productions of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle at Yale Rep, Paula Vogel’s Civil War Christmas at Baltimore Centerstage, Shenkkan’s All the Way at Denver Center, Colman Domingo’s Dot at Detroit Public Theatre, over 75 regional, touring, and off-Broadway productions. Also a playwright, Ms. Lee’s plays have received development or production in New York, Boston, DC, and Chicago. For more

Marcy McGuigan

Marcy McGuigan


Marcy McGuigan Alabama Shakespeare debut. Recent: Once – Ivoryton Playhouse; Ring of Fire – Stages Rep; Red Herring – Portland Stage. NYC: The Divine Sister, The Piper, Meet Me in St. Louis, Shanghai Moon, Swingtime Canteen. Tour: 42nd Street (Carbonelle Nomination). Regional: Vanya and Sonia – Flat Rock; Lombardi – Human Race Theatre (Daytony Nomination); The Sisters Rosensweig – Capital Rep; Other Desert Cities – The Fulton Theatre. TV/Film: Humor Me, Inside Amy Schumer, People in New Jersey, GTA 4, Ghost Stories.

Sarah Walker Thornton

Sarah Walker Thornton


Sarah Walker Thornton most recently appeared in the reading A Sudden Spontaneous Event in ASF’s Southern Writers Festival. NYC and regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Armless, Measure for Measure, and Anthem (Off-Broadway). At ASF, previous credits include Romeo and Juliet, The Beaux Stratagem, James and the Giant Peach, Peter Pan, The Count of Monte Cristo, Dr. Fausus, and Cymbeline. MFA: Acting Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama.

Gracie Winchester

Gracie Winchester


Gracie Winchester is thrilled to make her Alabama Shakespeare Festival debut. She most recently worked Off-Broadway as Ophelia in the Drilling Company’s production of Hamlet. Other credits include Broadway/National Tour: Annie Get Your Gun. Region/Off-Broadway: Macbeth/Merry Wives of Windsor/Much Ado… (Drilling Company), Pericles/Tempest (Orlando Shakespeare), I and You (Arts Garage), 39 Steps (Alhambra), Cymbeline (Texas Shakespeare). Proud AEA member since age six. BFA grad (Theatre UCF). Love for JAGS.

The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

**United Scenic Artists, the Representative Voice of Designers and Scenic Artists.