Steel Magnolias 25th Anniversary Celebrity Staged Reading (NYC)

To benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Honorary Committee Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Shirley Maclaine, Dolly Parton & Julia Roberts. Media WORKHOUSE
Oct. 25, 2012 - PRLog -- NEW YORK CITY: Producer David Youse and Four Things Productions in association with L.A. Works is proud to announce a celebrity staged reading in celebration of The 25th Anniversary of Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias to take place on Monday, 3 December 2012 at 7pm to benefit The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). This special one night only event will take place at the Lucille Lortel Theater located at 121 Christopher Street in New York City, where the original production performed. Directed by Judith Ivey and starring Blythe Danner, Annie Potts as M'Lynn, the original Truvy, Margo Martindale as Ouiser, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Shelby and Sarah Stiles as Annelle. Additional cast announced soon! Music for this production has been generously donated by Bonnie Raitt and Pat Boone. With support from the 25th Anniversary Honorary Committee including Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts and sponsored by Lifetime Television, Magnolia Bakery and Veranda Restaurant. A VIP reception with the cast and crew will follow this special performance.

Interested media who wish to attend the performance or interview Producer David Youse, Director Judith Ivey or Playwright Robert Harling please email your request to Workhouse, CEO Adam Nelson via email or telephone +1 646. 205. 3540

To purchase tickets or to inquire as to sponsorship information please visit the Steel Magnolias 25th Anniversary website

“Time passes. Things change. But thankfully, not everything. In the twenty-five years since writing Steel Magnolias, events in our world have stunned, shocked and awed us all. But every time I revisit this simple tale of complex characters trying to make it through life and death with humor and warmth I am reassured. The basic need to reach out, support and uplift others remains constant. These women are my family -- literally and theatrically.” – Playwright Robert Harling.

"In partnership with playwright, Robert Harling, Four Things Productions is privileged to bring to life the personal story, written for his sister whom he lost through complications of diabetes. The 25th Anniversary of this legendary piece, to be presented as a staged reading, is sure to bring people of all ages to share, once again, the laughs and tears of this remarkable play. I am thrilled to bring Steel Magnolias 'home' to The Lucille Lortel Theatre to celebrate its' 25th Anniversary"  -  Producer David Youse.

"L.A. Works is proud to partner with Four Things Productions in raising awareness and funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  We celebrate and thank all the talented volunteers, including the wonderful actors, crew, ushers, and all involved. They have shown what the power of volunteerism can do and we are very grateful for their generosity." - L.A Works

WITH BLYTHE DANNER, ANNIE POTTS as M'Lynn, MARGO MARTINDALE (original Truvy) as Ouiser, SARAH STILES as Annelle and CELIA KEENAN-BOLGER as Shelby. Additional casting announced soon! Karen Moore, the current stage manager of the smash hit Book Of Mormon, returns to stage manage this event, having served as the original stage manager for the original production of Steel Magnolias which took place at the Lucille Lortel Theatre over 25 years ago.
TICKETS To purchase tickets or to inquire as to sponsorship information please visit the Steel Magnolias 25th Anniversary website. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter @SteelMag25years
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The original stage production of “Steel Magnolias” opened Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre, in New York City, on March 28, 1987, under the tutelage of artistic director Kyle Resnick. It was directed by Pamela Berlin and featured Margo Martindale as Truvy, Constance Shulman as Annelle, Kate Wilkinson as Clairee, Mary Fogarty as Ouiser, Blanche Baker as Shelby and Rosemary Prinz as M'Lynn. The production transferred to the Lucille Lortel Theatre on June 19, 1987, and closed on February 25, 1990 after 1,126 performances. Betsy Aidem took over the role of Shelby, and notable replacements included Rita Gardner as M'Lynn and Anne Pitoniak as Ouiser. The play went on to become a successful and critically-acclaimed Oscar-nominated feature film starring Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Shirley MacLaine, Dylan McDermott, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard and Tom Skerritt.

Four Things Productions President, David Youse, is committed to building awareness to non-profit organizations by producing live theater events through his experience and knowledge as an actor and advocate for over twenty-five years. In 2010, David produced the The 25th Anniversary reading of The Normal Heart, by Larry Kramer, in Los Angeles, at The Geffen Playhouse, directed by Joel Grey, which benefited The Jeffrey Goodman Clinic, and Charles Busch as Katharine Hepburn in Matthew Lombardo's, Tea At Five, directed by Rob Ruggiero, to benefit The Ali Forney Center at The Lucile Lortel Theatre, in 2011. David will be presenting a re-visted version of "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" written by Ed Graczyk, to benefit The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, in 2013.

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.

Born in Dothan, Alabama, Robert lived in several Southern towns before his family settled in Natchitoches, Louisiana when he was twelve. Upon his graduation from Northwestern University of Louisiana and Tulane Law School, rather than take the bar exam, he opted to become an actor in New York. After years of productive work as an actor in voice-overs and commercials, Harling was inspired to write the highly acclaimed stage play, Steel Magnolias which was based on events from his family life. To this day, Steel Magnolias continues to thrive in theatrical productions in many languages throughout the world. Immediately bridging a career from stage to screen, Harling adapted his original play into the popular film of the same title which starred Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton and Daryl Hannah. The personal nature of Steel Magnolias was further enhanced when the film makers decided to shoot the movie entirely on location in Natchitoches, where the events on which the story was based took place. Over the years, Harling has become a much sought after screenwriter: other credits include SOAPDISH, with Kevin Kline and Robert Downey, Jr.; and the highly successful First Wives Club for Paramount Pictures starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton. Mr. Harling made his directorial debut with The Evening Star for Paramount, which he also wrote for the screen based on Larry McMurtry’s novel. The Evening Star reunited Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson and co-starred Juliette Lewis, Bill Paxton, Scott Wolf, Miranda Richardson and Marion Ross. The Evening Star was the continuation of one of the most beloved and acclaimed movies of our time, Terms of Endearment. In 2004, Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore filmed his screenplay of Laws of Attraction. A current project is writing the book for the stage musical version of Soapdish.
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