DIRECTOR'S TAKE: Angela Timberman Talks "Steel Magnolias"

We chatted with Director Angela Timberman about "Steel Magnolias," here's what she had to say....

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I love that this play takes place in a beauty salon. It’s the place we women go when we need a lift.  At least when I go in there that’s what I hope will happen. My stylist, Brenda, knows me pretty well. I sit in her chair, she puts a cape on me, and not only does she whip my hair into shape, she talks to me, she soothes me. We share a lot, we solve world problems, or at least gain a perspective on the problems in our own lives. A lot of times we laugh. When she’s finished working her art, she takes off my cape and I rise like a phoenix from the ashes, leaving parts of myself on the floor. I leave some emotional stuff there too. She sweeps it all away and tosses it in the trash. I leave feeling…resurrected. And for that reason I think my salon is a temple of sorts.

 A salon is a potent place for Robert Harling to have set his story--his story about the women he grew up with, mainly his sister. He furiously wrote this play in 10 days, because he wanted “somebody to remember her.” The play is from the heart.  It’s a real valentine. He took his feelings and memories and formed them into something we could all relate too: love, family, friendship, death, womanhood….

The beauty salon and the theater have a lot in common. We come in with certain expectations; we sit in our seat--much like the salon chair--and hope something magical happens.  So as you enter this temple that is the theater, I hope you see yourself or someone you know. I hope you leave feeling changed or resurrected in some small way. And I hope you remember it all happened because one brother loved his sister and didn’t want her to be forgotten. 




Anglea Timberman Bio

Angela is primarily an actor who has performed in and around the Twin Cities for the past 26 years. Credits include: Guthrie Theater, The Children's Theatre Company, Jungle Theater, Park Square Theatre, Chanhasssen Dinner Theatres, History Theatre, and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Most recently she directed Talley's Folly as well as The Music Man, both at Artistry in Bloomington, Minnesota. Angie's upcoming directing projects include Legally Blonde, this summer at Artistry; Sometimes There's Wine, at Park Square Theatre in the fall; and Cry it Out, at Yellow Tree Theatre next spring. She will also be appearing onstage in The Wickham's: Christmas at Pemberley, this winter at the Jungle Theater.