|Hollywood satire comes to 6th Street Playhouse
Classic Hollywood comes to The Studio Theatre at 6th Street Playhouse on Feb. 1 when “Moonlight and Magnolias” explores how the iconic film, “Gone with the Wind” came to be. Loaded with slapstick humor and insider stories from Hollywood’s Golden Age, “Moonlight and Magnolias” is a must-see for fans of the film or vintage Hollywood.
Set in 1939, production has just been shut down on the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel. Movie mogul David O. Selznick is unhappy with the screenplay.
While fending off the film's stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of “The Wizard of Oz.”
Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.
A major drawback to the plan is that Hecht has never read the novel, so in order to bring Hecht up to speed, Selznick and Fleming must act out the story for him.
“Moonlight and Magnolias,” based on actual events, offers more than just laughs. Set amid the backdrop of World War II, the play also explores more serious issues such as race and ethnicity, adding some depth to complement the comedy.
Written by Ron Hutchinson, “Moonlight and Magnolias” is directed by Charlie Seibert, a veteran stage and film actor, best known for his eight-season role on “Trapper John, MD.” Seibert recently appeared in 6th Street Playhouse’s production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” in the role of “Big Daddy,” and is a regular instructor at the 6th Street Playhouse School of Drama. Dodds Delzell, last seen at 6th Street Playhouse in ART, in The Studio Theatre, lends his acting talents to the role of mogul David O. Selznick.
“Moonlight and Magnolias” runs Feb. 1-17. Tickets are available online or through the box office at 523-4185. Tickets range from $15-$25 and it is open seating.