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May 8 - June 3

Steel Magnolias

Truvy’s motto at her Louisiana beauty shop is: “There is no such thing as natural beauty.” Through clouds of hairspray and over the buzz of blow dryers, six sassy southern spitfires gather every week to gossip, swap recipes and support each other through thick and thin. But those sisterly bonds are about to be tested when M’Lynn and her daughter Shelby face a life-changing event. Heartwarming and humorous, Steel Magnolias is a story of love, loss, and enduring friendship.

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Suitable for ages 13 and up

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BECCA BALLENGER | Annelle Dupuy-Desoto

BECCA BALLENGER is a New York City-based actor, most recently seen in the world premiere of White Lightning (Dixie) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia) at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Other regional credits include Steel Magnolias (Annelle) and The Tempest (Ariel) at Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and American Stare (Jonatha) at New Jersey Rep. Off-Broadway, Becca most recently appeared in the 2017 American Playwrighting Foundation award-winning play P*ssy Sludge, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena) with Masterworks, and Absolution (Marie) at St. Luke’s Theatre, along with readings and workshops with Pam MacKinnon, Jackson Gay, and Moritz Von Stuelpnagel, among others. Steel Magnolias marks her Geva Theatre Center debut. B.A. from Fordham. Proud member of Actor’s Equity. Love to RT. www.beccaballenger.com

ANNA CRIVELLI | Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie

ANNA CRIVELLI is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama where she received her M.F.A. in Acting. Regionally, she has performed at the Westport Country Playhouse in Appropriate and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Dental Society Midwinter Meeting and Once Five Years Pass. At Yale, she performed in The Three SistersThe OresteiaThe Skin of Our Teeth, and Deer and the Lovers.  Through Fordham College at Lincoln Center, where she received a B.A. in theatre, she appeared in Non tutti i ladri vengono per nuocere in Rome, and Mixed Doubles in London. Anna is thrilled to be performing at the Geva for the first time and with such stellar women.

BRIGITT MARKUSFELD | Truvy Jones

BRIGITT MARKUSFELD was most recently seen at Geva as Christina Drayton in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, which was a co-production with Indiana Rep Theatre. Other regional theatre credits include Stella and Lou at CRT, To Kill a Mockingbird, Stranded on EarthYou Can’t Take It With YouOver the Tavern, A Christmas Story, Our Town, Smell of the Kill, House and Garden, The Weir, Stop Kiss, Triumph of Love, A Girl’s Life, The Illusion, Picasso at the Lapin Agile , The Comedy of Errors, at Geva Theatre Center; Richard III, Rumors, Charley’s Aunt at Sacramento Theatre Company; I Remember Mama at A.C.T.; On the Verge at Marin Theatre Company; The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, Merchant of Venice, As You Like It at Valley Shakespeare Festival; and The Taming of the Shrew and The Country Wife at Grove Shakespeare. Brigitt is a founding member of A Noise Within, in Los Angeles where she appeared in The Way of the World, Coriolanus, and Blood Wedding.  TV credits include “Picket Fences,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Tour of Duty,” and “Second Chances,” and national TV and radio commercials. Brigitt is also an artist educator for Geva Theatre and teaches acting at SUNY Brockport. She received her training at A.C.T.

EVE PLUMB | Clairee Belcher

EVE PLUMB started her acting career at age six performing in many television and commercials. She is most well-known for her television roles including Jan Brady on “The Brady Bunch” and most recently Mrs. Murdock in “Grease Live,” as well as TV movies such as Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway and Little Women.  Eve studied improv comedy at The Groundlings School in Los Angeles. Stage credits include the Off-Broadway productions of Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage, and regional theatre work throughout the United States. Eve has proudly been part of two “Broadway Backwards” performances for Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids. Recent credits include “Blue Bloods”; “The Path”; “Law & Order: SVU”; “Army Wives” and the film Blue Ruin (Winner Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Sundance Spotlight Festival, Independent Spirit nominee). She is currently filming the feature Monsoon.  Eve is also an accomplished painter. www.eveplumb.tv

SANDRA SHIPLEY | Ouiser Boudreaux

SANDRA SHIPLEY is making her Geva Theatre Center debut in Steel Magnolias and is thrilled to be working again with director Skip Greer who directed her in a production of Velocity of Autumn at White Heron Theatre on Nantucket. She was most recently seen on Broadway in Present Laughter with Kevin Kline. Other Broadway credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, Blithe Spirit, Equus, Pygmalion, Retreat From Moscow, Vincent In Brixton and Indiscretions. Off-Broadway she has appeared in Suddenly Last Summer, Arms and The Man, Deep Blue Sea (Roundabout); Stuff Happens, Venus (Public); Kindertransport (MTC); Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Encores, City Center);  Once Around The City (Second Stage); Phaedra In Delirium (CSC); The Clearing (Blue Light); Hindle Wakes, Rutherford and Son (Mint).  Sandra toured with the first National tours of Anything Goes and Blithe Spirit (with Angela Lansbury). Her extensive regional credits include being a three-year company member of both the American Repertory Theatre and the Boston Shakespeare Company and appearances with the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Dallas Theater Center, Guthrie, Hartford Stage, Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, Long Wharf, Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Rep. Born and trained in London, Sandra appeared in the U.K. with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court Theatre, in the West End and in regional Rep. Film and Television  credits include “Monument Avenue,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Third Watch,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “All My Children. Awards: Elliot Norton Medal for Sustained Theatre Excellence, L.A. Robbie Award for Best Actress in a Drama. New England IRNE.

ELIZABETH WARD LAND | M'Lynn Eatenton

ELIZABETH WARD LAND is an American actress and singer known for her versatility across the entertainment industry. On Broadway she appeared in Amazing Grace, Scandalous, Memphis, The Scarlet Pimpernel (all three versions), Passion, City of Angels; and was a featured soloist at Radio City Music Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London in The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Michael Crawford. Her national tours include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Les Misérables, Prisoner of Second Avenue, and Singin’ in the Rain. Off-Broadway credits include Southern Comfort (The Public Theatre), The Green Heart, Hello Again (Lincoln Center) and Chess. Regionally, she has starred at many of the country’s finest theatres, including The Old Globe, Goodspeed, TheatreWorks, Alliance, Sacramento Music Circus, Pasadena Playhouse, Asolo Rep., Barrington Stage and Musical Theatre West. Film/TV credits include Young Adult, Boy Meets Girl; “The Blacklist,” “Madam Secretary,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Crumbs,” “The Amanda Show,” and twice as a guest vocalist on the “Today” show as part of their “Everyone Has a Story” segment. Her acclaimed CD, First Harvest, is available on ITUNES. For More info: ElizabethWardLand.com

ROBERT HARLING | Playwright

ROBERT HARLING made his directorial debut with The Evening Star for Paramount, which he also wrote for the screen based on Larry McMurty’s novel. The Evening Star reunited Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson and co-stars Juliette Lewis, Bill Paxton, Scott Wolf, Miranda Richardson, and Marion Ross. The Evening Star is the continuation of one of the most beloved and acclaimed movies of our time, Terms of Endearment. Before launching a successful stage and screenwriting career, Robert graduated from Tulane University School of Law, but instead of taking the bar exam, he opted to become an actor in New York. After years of productive work as an actor in voiceovers and commercials, Harling was inspired to write the highly acclaimed stage play Steel Magnolias, which was based on events from his personal life. Steel Magnolias continues to thrive in theatrical productions 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. Over the years, Mr. Harling has become a much sought-after screenwriter: other credits, to name a few, include Soapdish, which was based on Harling’s acting experience and starred Sally Field, Whoopi Goldberg, and Robert Downey Jr., and First Wives Club for Paramount, starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton.

SKIP GREER | Director

SKIP GREER serves as Artist in Residence and Director of Education at Geva Theatre Center.  His directing credits at Geva include  Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Red,The MountaintopLast Gas; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (co-director); Freud’s Last SessionOn Golden PondOver the TavernAlmost, Maine; the world premiere of The House in HydesvilleDoubt; American Buffalo; Inherit the Wind; Key West; Death of a Salesman; Lobby Hero; Below the Belt; The Weir; Women Who Steal; Beast on the Moon; Triumph of Love and Geometric Digression of the Species.  Skip was the Co-Producer for Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House in 2015. He directed King Lear at Shakespeare Santa Cruz for their 25th anniversary.  Other regional directing credits include Indiana Repertory Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Studio Arena Theatre, Cape Playhouse, White Heron Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse, State Theatre of Austin, and Gary Marshall’s Falcon Theatre, where he directed Golf with Alan Shepard starring Jack Klugman and Charles Durning.  Mr. Greer has also been an actor at Geva appearing in To Kill a Mockingbird (Atticus Finch), Clybourne Park (Russ, Dan),You Can’t Take It With You (Paul Sycamore), Superior Donuts (Arthur),The Music Man, (Mayor Shinn) Evie’s Waltz (Clay)Our Town (the Stage Manager), Hamlet (Ghost/Player King), 1776 (John Hancock), House and Garden(Giles), Art (Serge), Twelve Angry Men (Juror #1), A Girl’s Life (Ken), Every Good Boy Deserves Favor (Alexander), The Illusion (Alcandre), Picasso at the Lapine Agile (Sagot) and State of the Union (Spike McManus).  Regional credits include seven seasons in the resident acting company of Sacramento Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts.  Film and TV credits include “Bloodhounds,” “LA Law” and “VR5.”  Mr. Greer has toured Europe, Africa, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia and the Cook Islands, teaching and performing.

ROBERT KOHARCHIK | Scenic Designer

ROBERT KOHARCHIK is a designer living in Indianapolis where he has designed productions for the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Phoenix Theatre, and the Lilly Theatre at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. In addition to Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Red, The Mountaintop, Last Gas, Freud’s Last Session, On Golden Pond,  Doubt, Pyretown, Sherlock Holmes: the Last Adventure and A Christmas Story at Geva Theatre Center, he has also designed productions for The Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, PA), The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO), The Cleveland Playhouse (Cleveland, OH), The Weston Playhouse of Vermont (Weston, VT), Contemporary American Theatre of Columbus (Columbus, OH), and American Players Theatre (Spring Green, WI). In 1999 and 2011 Mr. Koharchik received a Lilly Endowment Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. He is an Associate Professor in theatre design at Butler University.

PAMELA SCOFIELD | Costume Designer

PAMELA SCOFIELD most recently designed The Odd Couple for Geva Theatre Center, but her work here includes over 40 productions, going back to Terra Nova in 1981 and including, more recently, The Music Man, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Company . Among her Off-Broadway credits are Almost, Maine; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, which she also designed in Chicago and San Francisco, and Over the River and Through the Woods. She designed the National Tour and Madison Square Garden productions of Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt, and has designed for several editions of the Grammy Awards. Designs for Alabama Shakespeare Festival include the new musical Because of Winn Dixie, directed by John Rando, many new plays for The Southern Writers’ Project and their children’s theatre program, as well as King Lear, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew and, most recently, Twelfth Night.  Among her other regional theatre credits are Actors Theatre of Louisville, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Public, Asolo Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Utah’s Pioneer Theatre, The Huntington Theatre, Palo Alto’s Theatreworks and many musicals, new and old, for Goodspeed Opera and Northshore Music Theatre, including the premiere production of Memphis. Ms. Scofield has been on the faculty of Colby College and CUNY’s Queens College and has a Master’s degree in creative writing.

DEREK MADONIA | Lighting Designer

DEREK MADONIA has designed numerous shows at Geva Theatre Center including Private Lives, Mother (and me), Miracle on South Division Street, the world premiere of The Road to Where, The Mountaintop, Stranded on Earth, Freud’s Last Session, The Tribute to Sir Elton John and Billy Joel, Perfect Wedding, Underneath the Lintel, Evie’s Waltz, The Underpants, Shear Madness, That was Then, All is Well in the Kingdom of Nice, And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, Meet Me Incognito, Tomato Plant Girl, the Portrait the Wind the Chair, This is Not a Pipe Dream and Women Who Steal. He received his B.A. from the University at Albany. Mr. Madonia came to Geva in 1992 as a lighting apprentice and he is currently in his 24th season as Lighting Supervisor. He would like to thank his family and his talented band of electricians for all their help and support.

DAN ROACH | Sound Designer

DAN ROACH has, since 1988, worked on sound for numerous productions at Geva Theatre Center where he is an Affiliate Artist, NTID’s Theatre for the Deaf, SUNY Brockport, and Keuka College. Most recent productions at Geva include The Diary of Anne Frank,  At Wit’s End; Private Lives; To Kill a Mockingbird; Miracle on South Division Street; Red; The Mountaintop; Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant; The Odd Couple; Stranded on Earth; Last Gas; The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs; Freud’s Last Session; You Can’t Take It With You; Perfect Wedding; On Golden Pond; Over the Tavern; Almost, Maine; Dracula; the Shape of Evil with PUSH Physical Theatre; Evie’s Waltz; Dial M for Murder; The Underpants; Nine Parts of Desire; Doubt and A Christmas Story. He studied sound at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been applying that knowledge to theatre over the past 30 years. He is a resident of Brighton where he lives with his beautiful wife Jing.

GLORIA BIEGLER | Dialect Coach

GLORIA BIEGLER  is currently an adjunct assistant professor of voice and speech at Hofstra University on Long Island.  She is proud to have taught voice and speech and directed for Geva Theatre Center’s Summer Academy, a conservatory-style training program for youth, since the program’s inception in 1997.  As an actor, Gloria has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, on television and in LORT theatres across the country.

JEAN GORDON RYON | Dramaturg

JEAN GORDON RYON serves as New Plays Coordinator at Geva Theatre Center where, among other duties, she produces the Regional Writers Showcase and the Young Writers Showcase. She was dramaturg for 1776, John Bull’s Other Island, That Was Then, Shear Madness, The Underpants, The Clean House, Almost Maine, The Music Man, Company, Perfect Wedding, The 39 Steps, Last Gas, Wait Until Dark, Little Shop of Horrors and Geva’s current production of A Christmas Carol, and she has contributed dramaturgical research and written program articles for several other productions. Ms. Ryon holds a degree in drama from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Goucher College. Her most recent directing credits in the community include Grace and Glorie, Master Class, Blithe Spirit, Pride’s Crossing, and The Gin Game for Blackfriars and The Chosen and The Immigrant for JCC’s CenterStage. For RCP’s Irish Players, she has directed Philadelphia, Here I Come; Juno and the Paycock; Da; Translations; Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me; Waiting for Godot; The Kings of the Kilburn High Road; Dancing at Lughnasa; Faith Healer; The Hostage; Love in the Title; The Cripple of Inishmaan; Dublin Carol and A Moon for the Misbegotten for RCP’s Shakespeare Players she has directed Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing. Ms. Ryon is also the Artistic Director of The Geriactors, a traveling troupe of mature actors. 

JENNY DANIELS | Stage Manager

JENNY DANIELS is very excited to be in her tenth season at Geva Theatre Center.  Most recently at Geva Ms. Daniels has assistant stage managed A Christmas Carol, In the Heights, Million Dollar Quartet, and Other than Honorable. She has also stage managed Red on Geva Theatre Center’s Wilson Stage, as well as  the world premiere of The Road to Where, A Body of Water, Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant, Black Pearl Sings, Stranded on Earth, and I and You in Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Stage.  Ms. Daniels currently resides in Rochester with her supportive husband and their wonderful puppy.

ELISSA MYERS CASTING, Paul Fouquet, CSA | Casting

ELISSA MYERS CASTING, Paul Fouquet, CSA, has been in operation for over 30 years. Projects include: for PBS “Poisoner’s Handbook,” “Becoming Helen Keller,” and the mini-series “Mystery of Matter.” Other PBS projects include “The Abolitionists,” “Dolly Madison,” “Alexander Hamilton,” “John and Abigail Adams,” “Benjamin Franklin” (Emmy Award), “Liberty” (Peabody Award), “God in America,” “People vs. Leo Frank,” “Louisa May Alcott,” as well as PBS “Great Performances” (Artios Award in “Outstanding Achievement in Casting”), “Murder of a President” for American Experience, and “Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive.” Additionally, three “Movies of the Week,” as well as five pilots. Feature films include Hank and Asha (Audience Award at Slamdance 2013 and five other festival awards), and The Union. Theatre includes seven Broadway shows, including the Tony-nominated Having Our Say, as well as twenty-six Off-Broadway shows. Regional theatre casting in the past two years includes Denver Center Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received sixteen nominations and has won three Artios Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting.”