25th anniversary reading of Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias

Saturday, Sep 22, 2012

•• Santa Monica’s Broad Stage presented a 25th anniversary reading of Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias on Sunday, September 9th directed by Judith Ivey and presented by David Youse and Four Things Productions in association with L.A. Works. The performance raised awareness and funds for The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation followed by a VIP reception with all the cast.

Elizabeth Perkins (as M’Lynn) was on stage for the reading with Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy, Jennifer Coolidge and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Annie Potts, along with Jill Larson, Danielle Panabaker and Mae Whitman.

Steel Magnolias, is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together in a variety of ways. Both humorous and heart-wrenching, all of the action of the play takes place solely on one set — Truvy’s beauty salon, which is part of her house. There are only six characters (all female) who appear onstage; a disc jockey’s voice is also heard during the play. All the other characters who appear in the film version, such as the males in the ladies’ lives, are only referred to in the play’s dialogue.

Photos from the performance have been added to the photo gallery. The update includes pictures from rehearsals, reception and more. By clicking below’s previews, you can view all the latest pictures added.

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