Cathy Rigby and Michael Learned Star in Comedy Steel Magnolias
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Featured review from Valerie
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My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time. We had not attended an event at this venue before and were very impressed. Very nice lobby/seating area, very nicely appointed, and well maintained. Staff very personable and helpful. The play was well written, actresses were excellent, and the set was great! We sat in the balcony and had a little trouble understanding some of the dialogue so wish the sound could have been turned up a bit. I will definitely return to the La Mirada Theatre.
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Witty, funny, and heart-warming. This play kept my attention every second of every minute. Five very different characters and each of them very interesting, especially Annelle (Emma Fassler), who was a challenge to figure out, but entertaining...continued
Written by Robert Harling
Directed by Brian Kite
Starring Cathy Rigby and Michael Learned with Emma Fassler, Christa Jackson, Rosina Reynolds and Amy Sloan
“If you can’t find anything good to say about anybody, come sit by me.” These words of wisdom sum up Robert Harling’s 1987 off-Broadway sensation and subsequent smash film Steel Magnolias.
Set in a beauty parlor in Chinquapin, Louisiana, Steel Magnolias illustrates how the lives of six distinctly different women interweave via the small town gossip that shadows the unending cycle of birth, marriage and death. “I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years!”
Filled with hilarious Southern repartee and humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play draws on the town’s underlying strength—and love—which gives the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and in bad.
Robert Harling (Playwright) was born in 1951 in Louisiana. Harling is an American writer and film director best known for Steel Magnolias_. Harling was an aspiring actor when the death of his younger sister inspired him to write the play that remains his most famous work. He went on to adapt the screenplay for the film version of the play that was produced in 1989 starring Sally Field and Julia Roberts. He played a small role in the film as a minister. Harling has concentrated on working as a screenwriter in subsequent years. He is the author of the screenplays to the films Soapdish_ (1991), The First Wives Club_ (1996), Laws of Attraction_ (2004), and is currently working on the screenplay for the film version of Dallas. He also wrote and directed the sequel to Terms of Endearment titled The Evening Star (1996).
Brian Kite (Director) has directed across the United States and abroad. His La Mirada Theatre credits include the critically acclaimed productions of Driving Miss Daisy starring Michael Learned and David Auburn’s Proof_. He recently helmed a production of Cabaret in Bermuda under the patronage of the Queen’s Governor and directed a production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie_ at The Actors Co-op in Hollywood. Before that he directed two Los Angeles revivals, J.B. by Archibald MacLeish, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, and the West Coast premiere of Václav Havel’s The Beggar’s Opera. He directed the Philadelphia production of Glenn Wein’sGrandma Sylvia’s Funeral and worked with Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan on The Geffen Playhouse’s production of Hedda Gabler starring Annette Bening. He directed over 20 productions at French Woods Festival in New York where he was the Director of Theater Programs for over 7 years. Brian is currently a member of the directing faculty at U.C.L.A.’s School of Theater, Film and Television, serves on the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles Stage Alliance, is the Producing Artistic Director of La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and is the Artistic Director of the award-winning Buffalo Nights Theatre Company.
Cathy Rigby (M’Lynn) earned a Tony nomination when she starred in the 35th Anniversary production of Peter Pan_ on Broadway in 1991. She has, to date, logged more frequent flyer miles than any other actress in this role. She made her musical debut in 1981 as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz_. Subsequently, her multiple talents have been lauded on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre as the Cat-In-The-Hat in Seussical the Musical_ and in the national tours of Seussical the Musical_, Annie Get Your Gun_ and productions of Meet Me In St. Louis_, South Pacific, Paint Your Wagon, They’re Playing Our Song and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Some of Rigby’s dramatic television movie credits include the “Perfect Body,” “Hard To Read,” “The Great Wallendas” and “Triathlon.” A two-time Olympic gymnast, Cathy Rigby is the first American woman to win a medal in the World Gymnastics competition and holds 12 international medals, eight of them gold.
After participating in world-renowned gymnastics, Cathy worked with ABC as a gymnastic commentator for 18 years. ABC-TV’s venerable “Wide World of Sports” named her one of America’s Most Influential Women in Sports. In 1994, Cathy and her husband, Tom McCoy, assumed the responsibilities as Executive Producers of the McCoy Rigby Series at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, California, allowing them to produce first-class theatrical productions and mount national tours. Cathy and husband Tom own and operate McCoy Rigby Dance Academy in Yorba Linda, CA, with the goal of bringing the joy of dance and performing to over 500 students. Cathy and Tom celebrated 25 years of marriage on September 11th. They have four children and two grandchildren. Cathy is currently participating with multiple charities including the Special Olympics, the Long Beach Aquarium by the Sea, and the Peter Pan Children’s Fund.
Michael Learned (Ouiser) is a four-time Emmy award-winning actress, three for her work as Olivia Walton on the acclaimed TV series, “The Waltons,” and one for her role as Mary Benjamin in her own series "Nurse.” She is also a three-time Golden Globe nominee. On stage she most recently co-starred with Tom Bosley in the national tour of On Golden Pond_ and also in Lewis Black’s One_ Slight Hitch at The Falcon Theatre.*
Other theatre appearances include Elizabeth the Queen at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Edward Albee’s All Over at The Gramercy Theatre and the McCarter Theatre, on Broadway in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man and Wendy Wasserstein’s The SistersRosenzweig. West Coast premieres include Woman in Mind and Hapgood both for American Conservatory Theatre. Ms. Learned’s involvement as a leading lady with ACT dates back to 1967. In Los Angeles she has appeared at the Ahmanson in Mary Stuart and Picnic, at The Mark Taper in A_ _Month in the Country and at the Geffen inLooking for Normal. She has toured in A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters and Edward Albee’sThree Tall Women. Michael premiered in Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mt. Morgan at Williamstown Theatre Festival. The eldest of six sisters, Ms. Learned spent her first decade on her family’s farm in Connecticut. When she was eleven, Ms. Learned moved to Austria where her father worked for the U.S. State Department. While attending boarding school in England, she discovered the theatre and made it her life’s work. She trained at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre where she frequently appeared with her first husband, actor Peter Donat. Ms. Learned has appeared in the films “For the Love of Mary,” “Life During Wartime,” “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story” and “Power,” directed by Sidney Lumet. Television appearances include “Law and Order: SVU,” “Living Dolls,” “Profiler," “A Father for Brittany,” “A Walton Easter,” “A Walton Wedding,” “Murder in New Hampshire,” “Roots: The Gift” and “All My Sons,” to name a few.