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Within the walls of Truvy’s beauty shop, set in the deep Bayou of Louisiana, six strong women’s lives increasingly hinge on the existence of one another. Together, they absorb the passing seasons, just like the weathered wooden structure of the salon “home” that they share. What if, like these six women, we didn’t have to go it alone? What if the comfort we’ve been searching for has always been there, right in our own backyard?

At turns both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, the L.A. Theatre Works production of Steel Magnolias reveals the strength of the human condition and our shared need for companionship. The play has had multiple New York runs and performances staged around the globe, and is also a popular film starring Sally Fields, Dolly Parton, and Julia Roberts.

LA Theatre Works last performed at the Norton Center in 2012 with their well-received production of The Rivalry.

Thursday, February 28
7:30 PM

Newlin Hall


February 28 | 6:30 PM | Newlin Hall Foyer

The story of Steel Magnolias can be seen as a microcosm for sisterhood within a community. Where do women find or create community? How can a gender-based community be empowering and unifying? Does it make a difference if a community is formal or informal? For this Creative Conversation , three women from our broader Danville community will be joined by an actress from the L.A. Theatre Works cast of Steel Magnolias to discuss what sisterhood means to each of them and where they find community. Panelists will include: Dawn Marie Hastings, owner of Genesis Hair Salon in Danville, KY; pho Centre College Assistant Professor of Sociology Kiyona Brewster; Megan Haake Milby, Director of Alumni & Family Engagement, Centre College and class of 2003; and representation from the cast of L.A. Theatre Works’ Steel Magnolias.

Under the leadership of Producing Director, Susan Albert Loewenberg, L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) has been the foremost radio theater company in the United States for four decades. L.A. Theatre Works is broadcast weekly in America on public radio stations, daily in China on the Radio Beijing Network, streamed online at www.latw.org and programs are aired internationally on the BBC, CBC, and many other English language networks. LATW has singlehandedly brought the finest recorded dramatic literature into the homes of millions. On the road, LATW has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theater style performances in over 300 small towns and major cities, including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington and Chicago, Beijing and Shanghai. An L.A. Theatre Works performance is immediate, spontaneous, and features a first-rate cast, live sound effects, and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting. This theater… is an event.