As thoughts turn to spring, the Heights Players welcomes the magnolias - magnolias of the steel kind, that is. This play reminds people that "sometimes laughter is a matter of life and death." While there have been countless plays written about the life-saving bonds between men, often bonds created through war, there are few documenting the sisterhood of women whose bonds are more often forged by the (sometimes war-like) trials and tribulations of daily life. Steel Magnolias is such a play, where women strive to keep their families together while chaos and drama surround them. Inspired by playwright Robert Harling's loss of his beloved sister to complications of diabetes in 1985, Steel Magnolias pays tribute to Harling's mother, sister and their close friends by celebrating the joys, laughter and tears of a fictional sisterhood populated with women who deal with marriage and divorce, birth and death, with tremendous compassion, humor and grace. Set in an imaginary small town in Northern Louisiana in late 1980s, Steel Magnolias is universally relevant not only because of the losses everyone experiences, but because of the love and caring these women have for each other. It is through these emotions and bonds between them that these women cope and ultimately thrive amidst all of life's drama...whether tragic or wonderful. Steel Magnolias proves the point that one of the characters in the show, Shelby, so ardently believes: that life does, indeed, go on. And for these wonderful Southern women it goes on with grace, style and many wonderful laughs.