The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Written by: Robert Harling

Directed by: Pat Mahoney
Produced by: Patti Kasper

Cast
(In order of appearance)
Truvy Jones - Dawn Yard
Annelle Dupuy DeSoto - Melissa Wagner
Claire Belcher - Cindi Bush
Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie - Rachel Klay
M'Lynn Eatenton - Lisa Gordon
Ouiser (Weezer) Boudreaux - Annie Kontak

Performances
Fassett Auditorium
3025 Starr Avenue
Oregon, OH 43616

Show Dates
February 18, 19, 25, 26, 2005
Curtain Time 8:00 PM

Matinee
February 27, 2005
Curtain Time 3:00 PM


Produced by special arrangement with
Dramatist Play Service
440 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
www.dramatists.com