Steel Mangolias 2022-02-01T19:49:42+00:00

August 25th – September 17, 2022

STEEL MAGNOLIAS by Robert Harling

Directed by Anthony Methvin

Featuring Olivia Cordell, Farah Dinga, Dagmar Krause Fields, Annie Hinton, Wendy Maples & Marci Anne Wuebben

Laughter through tears…

Truvy’s salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana is the go-to place for a beauty fix with a heaping helping of gossip. Alongside her eager assistant Annelle, she pampers her clients with hairdos, manicures, and advice. Anybody who is anybody in town is a regular, including the doting M’Lynn and her headstrong daughter Shelby, the moody Ouiser, and the well-to-do widow Clairee. Through witty banter and wisecracks, these women forge friendships as strong as steel which they are forced to lean on when hard times are on the horizon. This 35th anniversary production honors the singular strength of the Southern woman as it celebrates the essential bonds of the families that we’re born into and those that we choose. Gather the ladies you love, grab a box of tissues, and get ready to feel the joyfulness of connection as you revisit this American classic now when we need it the most.

All Performances at Tenth Avenue Arts Center (930 Tenth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101)

Where the 163 South turns into Tenth Avenue.

Street side metered parking** and parking lots available.

**Street side parking is free after 6pm and on Sundays.


June 26th — June 28, 2020

Backyard Renaissance presents …

Adam Wachter’s


A STREAMING ENCORE PERFORMANCE of San Diego Critics Circle 2017 Best New Musical:


Actors Bryan Banville, Kay Marian McNellen, and Tom Zohar

Direction by Francis Gercke and Anthony Methvin

Music Direction by Steven Withers,

Stage Manager – Taylor Todd

Set Design by Kristen Flores

Lighting Design by Curtis Mueller

Choreography by Katie Whalley Banville

Costume Design by Jessica John,

Property Design by Bonnie Durben

Captured live on stage by Stand Up 8 Productions

Streaming On-Line: June 26th – 28th, 2020 with gratitude to the writer/composer/lyricist Adam Wachter and dedicated to the production’s Music Director Steven Withers who passed away recently and unexpectedly.

Backyard Renaissance offers theatre-lovers a chance to rediscover its 2017 San Diego Critic’s Circle Best New Musical production of Tarrytown.  The World Premiere Musical originally presented in Backyard Renaissance’s second season, delighted audiences both for its modern musical interpretation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, as well as its inspired performances within Diversionary’s tiny Black Box Theatre. Starring Tom Zohar, Bryan Banville and Kay McNellen, Tarrytown reimagines Ichabod Crane as a modern day gay music teacher running away from his past. Settling into an idyllic neighborhood in Tarrytown, Ichabod not only gets a fresh start with a new school, but secures a BFF in an optimistic but sheltered dreamer who is secretary there.  When Ichabod meets his new friend’s husband the unlikely trio tests friendships, loyalties and jealousies in ways none of them expected.

Just this month, Adam Wachter completed the professional cast recording of Tarrytown and has dedicated all proceeds on purchase of the recording to The Actors Fund to support their work helping the creative community during the COVID-19 pandemic.   A link will be available to purchase this recording when viewing Backyard Renaissance’s 2017 production of the musical.