Steel Magnolias opens February 8th. Steel Magnolias, by Robert Harling, is based on the author's real life experience of the death of his sister, Susan Harling Robinson, in 1985 due to complications from Type 1 diabetes. Written as a tribute to the strength of his sister, his mother, and the group of women who supported them, the work broke records at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Manhattan, where it ran almost three years. The play opens with discussion of Shelby's wedding day to her fiancé, Jackson, in the fictional northwestern Louisiana parish of Chinquapin at Truvy's in-home beauty parlour where the women regularly gather. It covers events over the next three years with Shelby's Type 1 diabetes and how the women interact at times with conflict but in the end resolved friends: Shelby's decision to have a child despite the complication that could result from her condition, Clairee's friendship with the curmudgeon Ouiser; Annelle's transformation from a shy, anxious newcomer in town to a good-time girl then repentant revival-tent Christian; and Truvy's relationships with the men in her family. Although the main storyline involves Shelby, her mother M'Lynn, and Shelby's medical battles, the underlying group-friendship among all six women is prominent throughout the drama. The title suggests the main female characters can be both as delicate as the magnolia flower, and as tough as steel. Truvy - Kristin Walker Annelle - Brooke Costello Clairee - Deborah Martin Shelby - Michaela Kennedy M’Lynn - Valerie Abel Ouiser - TJ Phister Directed by Pat Stone Produced by Barb Seaton Performances February 14-16, 2019 at 7:30 PM and February 17, 2019 at 2:30 PM Box Office opens February 7, 2019 (315)-337-5920 6-9 PM Online ticketing: http://www.tktassistant.com/Tix/?u=RCT Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016.