Director Bob Trisolini has worked with all kinds of performers over the years, but he really enjoys the rare chances he has to direct a stage full of women, as he does with the Players Theatre’s season opener, “Steel Magnolias.”
“It’s a lot different than doing a show that is ‘co-ed’ or all male,” he said. “There’s a skill set to understanding their psyche, putting yourself in their position, and understanding what the opposite sex is experiencing and feeling.”
Robert Harling’s play is about a group of Southern women who support and tease one another in good times and bad over hair cuts and stylings at Truvy’s House of Beauty.
The play begins with preparations for the wedding of Shelby (Amanda Heisey) and proceeds over several years through the ups and downs of life.
Ellie Pattison plays her mother, M’Lynn, along with Leona Collesano as Truvy and Cullen White as her new salon assistant, Annelle. Betty Robinson, who recently returned to the area after living several years in Mexico, plays the crusty Ouiser, and Patti O’Berg is Clairee, a wealthy widow.
The production opens at 7:30 p.m. today and continues through Sept. 29 at the Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets are $25-$30. For more information; 365-2494; theplayers.org