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Houston Voice, June 3, 2005 - File 016. 2005-06-03. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 15, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1051/show/1041.

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Title Houston Voice, June 3, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 3, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 3,2005 15 r DON MAINES Back from her farm at Brenham, the Alley's 'Steel Magnolias' star Annalee Jefferies talks about overcoming Dolly and playing to gay men Feeling so butch! "I FEEL VERY BUTCH," LAUGHS actress Annalee Jefferies. The Alley Theatre star is just back from working 10- hour days at her 110-acre farm in Brenham, a "piece of heaven" that's a devil to keep up. "I got really, really dirty," she explains. "So dirty you could write on my skin." In just a few hours, Jefferies will be fluffing up to get back into the beauty parlor that is the meeting place of six funny, strong women in Robert Harling's crowd-pleaser, "Steel Magnolias." As Trudy, the Dolly Parton role - oops! Don't let Jefferies hear that! It's hard enough, she explains, to make Truvy's one-liners sound fresh without "having to overcome the Dolly Parton mess." (Anyone who's gay knows that Parton played Truvy in the film version of the play. Anyone who's really gay knows that "Steel Magnolias" began as an off- Broadway play without Parton.) "I get disconcerted when someone says to me, Are you playing Dolly Parton?'" Through clenched teeth, she responds, "No, I am playing a character called Truvy..." And what a character she is! "Truvy is one of those larger-than-life, wonderful Southern women," says Jefferies. "She is so splashy, so big, to play her you have to jump in with both feet! "She has a thick shell, with a wonderful spirit inside, and she keeps the force positive," adds Jefferies. "Truvy says, 'No one cries alone in my presence.'" Of the play, which has been held over through June 12 to accommodate high demand for tickets, Jefferies says, "It is interesting doing something so popular, and such a part of pop culture. You have an audience that is a little bit ahead of you. They've seen the movie a thousand times. They know the lines. They know what's coming. It's a little like visiting a dear aunt." GAY MEN IN PARTICULAR, "CAN'T get enough of it!" she says. "They love it. Last night there was a man on the front row, and 1 could sense him and his friends right at my station. It was like they were right on my left shoulder all O MORE INFO "Steel Magnolias' Through June 12 Alley Theatre 615 Texas Ave. 713-228-8421 www.AlleyTheatre.org Melissa Hart (right) as Clairee Belcher and Annalee Jefferies as Truvy Jones are in the Alley Theatre production of 'Steel Magnolias,' running through June 12 on the Alley's Hubbard Stage. (Photo by John Everett) night. So when we came out for our curtain call, I pointed at them." Later, the group met Jefferies at a bar, and they giggled over cocktails. "I haven't talked with my lesbian friends," says Jefferies says, "but the play is all women - not that I have anything against men - but there are no men in the play, and I like that better than the movie because I think you can imagine the men better than they showed them." At the helm of the show's sorority was director Judith Ivey, the two-time Tony Award-winning actress who hails from Texas. "She was marvelous!" says Jefferies. "Everybody adored her. Don't get me wrong, she was not a pussycat, not a pushover. But she never said a negative word. She built up the respect in the room that we have for each other." Now that the play has opened and Ivey has left town, Jefferies says, "We all miss her desperately. Directors always leave us." Likewise, Jefferies often travels to other cities to perform in plays, including 16 with former Houstonian Michael Wilson as director. Someday fans might hear that Jefferies is not acting but directing a show. "I taught for a good deal of time," she says, referring to her ActorSource classes for working actors in Houston, "and so many of my fellow actors have asked me why I'm not directing. So yes. it is something I have been interested in doing. "Once I get behind a project, instead of having a project picked for me, that is when I think it will happen." LIVE ON STAGE! JULY 6-31 The PHANTOM «-** i KJ>. t'.IC OPERA Hobby Center For The Performing Arts BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com or call 713-629-3700 Tickets also at all t/c/cetmasteriocations. GROUPS (20+): 713-693-2692 thephantomoftheopera.com BROADWAY Houston Due to the nature of live entertainment dates, times, prices, shows, actors, venues and on sales are subject to change without notice. All tickets subject to convenience charge.
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