Steel Magnolias


A new theater company launches its first production, featuring an African-American cast, bringing new perspective to iconic stage play.

The quintessential story of friendship and trust, STEEL MAGNOLIAS serves up a southern slice of life that’s as warm and comforting as sweet potato pie. In the world of Truvy’s local-homegrown beauty salon, six very different women come together to share their secrets, fears and love for one another while engaging the audience in hysterical and neighborly gossip. From weddings to divorces, babies to funerals, new beginnings to happy endings, they share each moment in their lives with grace, determination and perfectly coiffed hair. When tragedy strikes, it is in the familiar comfort of Truvy’s salon where they seek the solace and support that carries them through.

Set in the intimate venue of the Hudson Backstage Theatre, this humorously revealing play will take you on an emotional journey filled with laughter and tears. Sometimes laughter is a matter of life and death.




  • Dino Shorte, Director
  • Derrick D. Pete, Producer
  • Carl Gilliar, Producer
  • Joel Daavid, Set Designer
  • David Carenno, Lighting Designer
  • Aisha Benton, Hair/Make-up
  • Karla Williams, Wardrobe
  • Aba Arthur, Annelle
  • Audra Bryant, Clairee
  • Dayna Dooley, Ouiser
  • Kimberly Dooley, Shelby
  • Erin Frigo, M’Lynn
  • Sonya Leslie Shepherd, Truvy
  • Ashley Chatman, Understudy
  • Chrishauna Johnson, Understudy
  • Erica O’Keith, Understudy