Tony Winner Karen Ziemba, Ellen Dolan, Nicole Lowrance Are Steel Magnolias Beginning Aug. 3 in NJ

News   Tony Winner Karen Ziemba, Ellen Dolan, Nicole Lowrance Are Steel Magnolias Beginning Aug. 3 in NJ Cape May Stage presents Robert Harling's heartwarming comedy Steel Magnolias beginning Aug. 3 with an official opening the following evening.

Karen Ziemba
Karen Ziemba Photo by Laura Rose

Performances will continue through Sept. 10 at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse, which is located at the corner of Bank and Lafayette Streets in downtown Cape May.

Directed by Cape May Stage artistic director Roy Steinberg, the cast comprises Tony winner Karen Ziemba as M’lynn (Contact, Curtains), Ellen Dolan as Truvy ("Guiding Light," "As the World Turns"), Nicole Lowrance as Annelle (Dividing the Estate, The Merchant of Venice), Kate McCauley Hathaway as Clairee (I Hate Hamlet, Les Miserables), Marlena Lustik as Ouiser (Foxy, Pousse Café, I Hate Hamlet) and Meredith Riley Stewart as Shelby ("Boardwalk Empire").

The production team also includes Robert J Martin (sets), Michele E. Sinacore (costumes), Brian Aldous (lighting) and Benjamin Loverin (stage manager).

"Six soft-hearted 'magnolias' with steely dispositions gather regularly at Truvy’s Beauty Salon, the unofficial hub of Chinquapin, LA, to chitchat with, counsel, criticize and comfort one another," according to press notes. "The wise-cracking Truvy, with the help of her new glamour technician, Annelle, dispenses liberal doses of shampoo, hairspray, free advice and gossip to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser; an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee; and the local social worker, and M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby, is on the verge of marriage. The play visits these women over the course of two years in which together they experience love, joy, pain, death, and rebirth."

Call (609) 884-1341 for reservations and more information or visit the theatre’s website, www.capemaystage.com.

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