STEEL MAGNOLIAS is coming to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center next month

Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theater (FTT) announces Robert Harling’s beloved tragicomedy, Steel Magnolias, at the Patricia George Decio Theater at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, November 10-13.

In Truvy’s salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, six inimitable women – ranging from a 19-year-old beauty salon assistant to the mayor’s widow in her 60s – come together for pampering and the best gossip in town. Amid witty retorts and sweet banter, they struggle to rally together when their close-knit community is rocked by a tragedy that affects them all.

Originally produced in 1987 and adapted into a film two years later, Steel Magnolias recently appeared on American Theater’s list of the top 10 most produced plays of 2022-23.

“It’s a story that endures,” says Kevin Dreyer, director of theater at FTT, “perhaps because the women of Steel Magnolias present us with a powerful example of friendship and compassion in times of personal crisis. They demonstrate how it is possible to show each other affection and support in the midst of an acute disagreement.”

The production is directed by FTT faculty member Carys Kresny, with lighting design by Kevin Dreyer, scenic design by Marcus Stephens and costume design by Lynn Holbrook.


Student $7, Faculty/Staff/Senior (65+) $12, General $15. Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 574-631-2800, or in person at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center box office. The opening hours of the ticket office are Monday to Friday, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

PARKING: Free parking is available daily after 5:00 p.m. in the Stayer Center parking lot, just north of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Customers can now benefit from free event parking at the Eddy Street Commons parking garage by bringing your event tickets and parking ticket to the DPAC box office to receive a prepaid parking voucher.

Disabled-accessible land is available right next to the center; a valid hang tag or license plate is required. There is a ten-minute parking area on the road north of the center for ticket collection; in bad weather you are welcome to drop off guests in this area and park.

Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theater seeks to inspire intellectual inquiry and nurture creativity. We provide both an academic and creative context for the general liberal arts student at Notre Dame as well as for students who wish to prepare intensively for advanced study in these fields. The hands-on nature of our program, coupled with a very high degree of student-faculty interaction, provides students with a unique educational opportunity at a university known for its teaching excellence. The FTT show season is a direct consequence of the academic program of the department and an integral part of the artistic development of our students.