The second production of the current season at The Stagecrafters, Moonlight and Magnolias by Ron Hutchinson, will open on Friday, November 25, 2011. The play takes us back to 1939, when three weeks into production of Gone With The Wind, producer David O. Selznick has suspended filming of the picture and fired the director, determined that the script be completely re-written! As goes Tinsel Town lore, he locked himself in his office for five days and nights with his new script writer, Ben Hecht, and his new director, Victor Fleming, in order to create a new screenplay for Margaret Mitchell’s famed novel.
In this frantic and frenetic go-round, playwright Hutchinson captures the real-life madness behind the scenes in motion pictures, creating at once a hilarious satire and a tribute to movie-making in the old Hollywood.
Ron Hutchinson, playwright, screenwriter, and ‘hired gun’ script doctor, after some twenty-five years of TV and film scripting experience in Hollywood, in 2004 wrote Moonlight and Magnolias, about which he quipped in an interview: “Is there an abundance of crazy, driven, slightly off-kilter people out here? Yes, and they all want to leave their indelible imprint on the precious celluloid.” The play made its New York debut in 2005 at the Manhattan Theatre Club. TheNew York Daily News proclaimed, “Frankly, my dear, this is one funny play ...”; and the Herald Sun commented, “A must-see for film and stage lovers alike.”
Production performance dates are November 25, 26, December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 8 p.m., Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at $16.00 Online (no service charge), $20.00 At-door. (Thu. eve performances "2 for $25"). Students with valid ID $13.00 At-door. Groups of 15 or more are offered a reduced rate of $15.00 a ticket, paid in advance. The box office opens 45 minutes before each performance. For information call 215-247-8881; for reservations call 215-247-9913. The theater is located in the heart of Chestnut Hill at 8130 Germantown Ave. Visit website for details: www.thestagecrafters.org.
Special NOTE: “Meet the Cast and Director” Q & A sessions will be held following the performances on Friday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 4. All attendees at those performances are welcome to stay and join in the discussion.
|DAVID O. SELZNICK||Jeff Ragan|
|VICTOR FLEMING||Carl Heyde|
|BEN HECHT||Mark Grayson|
|MISS POPPENGUHL||Judy Kinsley|